Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Nurturing care for early childhood development: Linking survive and thrive to transform health and human potential

Engagement and consultations from August 2017 to March 2018

An infant and woman gaze into the face of the other.

Second online consultation on the draft Nurturing Care Framework

Have your say! The second online consultation is open until March 28th.

Thank you to the hundreds of respondents who participated to the first online consultation between 24th January and 6th February. Your comments have been valuable input for the current draft.

WHO and UNICEF, in collaboration with The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH), the ECD Action Network (ECDAN), and many other partners, are leading a process to develop a Nurturing Care Framework for early childhood development.

The Framework builds upon state-of-the art evidence of how child development unfolds and of the effective policies and interventions that can improve early childhood development. It outlines:

  • why efforts to improve health and wellbeing must begin in the earliest years, from pregnancy to age 3;
  • the major threats to early childhood development;
  • how nurturing care protects young children from the worst effects of adversity and promotes physical, emotional and cognitive development;
  • what families and caregivers need to provide nurturing care for young children.

The Framework describes how a whole-of-government and a whole-of-society approach can promote and strengthen the Nurturing Care of young children, what the guiding principles for doing so are, and what strategic actions are needed, and the monitoring of targets and milestones that are essential to progress.

Through mutually accountable partnerships between relevant sectors – health, nutrition, education, social welfare, child protection, and environmental health – the Nurturing Care Framework inspires common action and promotes common results through country leadership.

The Framework provides a roadmap for ensuring attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals and survive, thrive and transform goals of the Global Strategy on Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health.

The Framework will be launched at the time of the World Health Assembly in May 2018. This is a unique moment to provide the health sector with a tool to provide even greater support to women and children (pregnancy to age 3) while also increasing the strength of national multi-sectoral programming.

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