A unique government scheme in India is allowing people to adopt children who are suffering from malnourishment. What makes the scheme unique is in order to be granted permission to adopt the person(s) must pledge to take care of the child's health, provide balanced food intake, take the child to regular doctors visits and have the child immunized. The child is also given some choice in this arrangement as he/she gets to choose if they would like to remain with the biological parent.
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A scholar from the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy sought to determine the specific factors that should be considered when creating and fine-tuning food policies as they relate to children in disadvantaged areas. In a 2014 study published in The World Bank Research Observer, “Diet Quality, Child Health, and Food Policies in Developing Countries,” Professor Alok Bhargava investigates nutrient absorption and the environmental factors that affect children’s diets.
Almost half of young children in developing countries say that they believe that children are not safe in their own homes. The findings are part of a just-released survey sponsored by the ChildFund Alliance of nearly 6,000 children ages 10 to 12 in 44 countries around the world commissioned by ChildFund International, the U.S.
The Department for International Development in the UK has released a evidence brief that reviews assembled evidence to determine how, why and under what conditions Early Childhood Development (ECD) interventions are effective in promoting cognitive development of children living in low and middle income countries (LMICs). ECD interventions include:
In a recent article published by Bernadette Daelmans, coordinator of policy, planning and programmes along with her colleagues including steering committee member Prof. Maureen Black, evidence about effective interventions and strategies to improve early child development is synthesised. The authors then go on to advocate for these strategies and interventions to be included in a new global strategy on women's, children's and adolescents' health.
The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the Centre for Maternal, Adolescent, Reproductive, and Child Health has launched a new free online course entitled Improving the Health of Women, Children and Adolescents: from Evidence to Action with the help of our partners FutureLearn. This course presents the latest data, priorities and debates about the health of adolescents, mothers, newborns and children worldwide.
"There is no way we can separate health from education" says Jennifer Stapel-Wax, one of the cheif individuals behind the 'Talk With me Baby' initiative. The program is a multifaceted attempt to fill the massive 30 million-word gap between children from lower- and upper-income families by making sure that babies from all backgrounds hear lots of words.
USAID’s flagship Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP) along with World Health Organization is excited to introduce their latest evidence brief, Postnatal Care for Mothers and Newborns.
Technology is often seen as a double edged sword. It can be the solution to so many of our day to day problems but also the source of so much frustration. Within the ECD realm there is on-going debate about how technology can enhance or detract from child development.
Parenting interventions are a popular intervention strategy employed in Caribbean and Latin American countries. One such intervention is the use of noninvasive short training films in waiting rooms of primary health care centers. A study was conducted across 3 Caribbean countries with the aim of improving child cognitive development and mothers' knowledge of child development. Head researcher Susan M. Chang, found that the size of the cognitive benefit was comparable to other more intensive programs.