The first years of life, from prenatal development to eight years of age, are a critical period. The rapid neurological and physical growth that occurs during this period provides an opportunity to optimize developmental outcomes that impact the entire course of an individual’s life. Crises increase the likelihood of later impairments in all areas of a child’s development. Recognizing that humanitarian actors are able to provide lifesaving services and interventions to meet children’s acute and ongoing health needs and help buffer young children from the negative impact of crises and emergencies. Rather than developing new programs and delivery mechanisms, the humanitarian health sector would improve its effectiveness by integrating ECD into existing services, significantly shaping responsive caregiving, early learning, nutrition, health, and protection of children, which are critical for children’s healthy development.
The webinar will focus on sharing evidence on implementing equitable, comprehensive, and integrated programs that will translate into better outcomes for young children affected by emergencies and humanitarian crises.
Moderators and Panelists:
- From the Child Health in Emergencies and Humanitarian Settings sub-group (CHiHES): Ayesha Kadir, Senior Humanitarian Health Advisor, Save the Children International
- From the Child Health and Development Unit at WHO, Sheila Manji, ECD Specialist Harvard, Center on the Developing Child – James Cairns