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Adoption Scheme that is Helping to Fight Child Malnourishment in India

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. 

Factors to Consider when Creating Food Policies in Low and Middle Income Countries

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.

Effective interventions and strategies for improving early child development

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. 

Free Online Course from The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the Centre for Maternal, Adolescent, Reproductive, and Child 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.

Talk to Your Baby: A Public Health Initiative

"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. 

Promoting Cognitive Development through the Watching of Short Films in Waiting Rooms

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. 

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