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Family Perspectives in Low and Middle Income Countries: The Importance of an Integrated Approach

Most interventions in low and middle income countries focus on either child development or maternal health despite the fact that the two are so intrinsically linked. 

Steering committee member Professor Maureen Black along with her colleague Pamela Surkan in an article published in The Lancet Journal, discuss family perspectives in low and middle income countries and the importance of integrated approaches as well as the benefits of group interventions with this population. 

UNICEF Publications: Progress for Children

UNICEF released its Progress for Children report today
The report uses the latest available data to show not only where global and regional gains have been exceptional and gaps have narrowed, but also where disparities have remained unchanged or widened since 1990.

Technologies Role in Child Development

There has been an on-going debate over the effects of gadgets from a young age on the child's development. With this being the age of the internet, cell phones and tablets, more and more research is being conducted to analyze the potential effects technology can have on cognitive, social, and emotional development of our children. Most research has been in support of the ills that this new age of technology will bring particularly as it relates to social development. However researchers from University of London are finding the inverse to be true.

The Search for an Intervention to Help Diminish the Effects of Perinatal Depression on Child Development

Perinatal depression is known to have lasting effects on child development. Sadly, maternal depression interventions have not been shown to have lasting effects on child development and evidence is not available from countries of low or middle income. As a result the Thinking Healthy Programme investigated the effects of a perinatal depression intervention on the cognitive, socio-emotional and physical development of a group of Pakistani children at around the age of 7 years.

Millennium Development Goals: Impact on child mortality and maternal health

The Guardian posted an article reviewing millennium goals number 4 and 5 which address global issues of child mortality and maternal health. Since the inception of the goals 15 years ago substantial strides have been made. Specific targets were set for each individual goal. Child mortality was expected to be reduced by 2/3's at the end of 2015, while maternal health, described as the reduction of maternal mortality, to be reduced by 3/4's. In a recent review but the UN neither goal is on track.

Delayed Clamping of the Umbilical Cord May Boost Development

New research, published on May 26 in the online edition of JAMA Pediatrics, suggests that delayed clamping and cutting of the umbilical cord at birth may have beneficial effects for infants, particularly boy children. By delaying the clamping the infant receives 1/2 cup more blood, blood that is iron rich. This additional blood is believed to help prevent iron deficiency, which is especially beneficial for boys who are more likely to have iron deficiencies later on.

Link between Mother's diet and baby's DNA

A recent article posted on Discovery News website discussed recent findings that a mothers diet at conception can alter the baby's DNA and have long term effects. The study focused on women in the rural part of The Gambia, who are susceptible to major dietary changes over the course of the year due to sever changes in the weather.  The study consisted of two sample groups, 84 pregnant woman who conceived at the peak of the dry season and 83 pregnant women who conceived at the peak of the rainy season.

UN Labor Agency Calls for More Social Protection for Mothers and Children

As the United Nations drafts their latest development agenda, the International Labor Organization (ILO) is urging them to include greater social care for mothers and children. The statistic reported by the ILO are alarming, including facts such as some 800 women die daily during child birth, 28% of women world wide receive cash benefits during their maternity leave and that child poverty is on the rise. The ILO is pushing for universal maternal and child health care as the solution to what they see as a "very preventable problem". 

The Bernard Van Leer Foundation Annual Report 2014

Benard Leer Fondation Report

The Bernard Van Leer Foundation released their Annual Report for 2014. The foundation approaches the half-way point of its ten-year strategic plan. The report shares facts, figures, lessons learned and stories detailing the progress made over the last year towards the three strategic goals and in the eight focus countries identified in the plan.

Forum on Investing in Young Children Globally announces the release of its report, Financing Investments in Young Children Globally: Workshop Summary

The Forum on Investing in Young Children Globally announced the release of their report, Financing Investments in Young Children Globally: Workshop Summary. The report summarizes the workshop held August 26-27, 2014 in New Delhi, India in partnership with the Centre for Early Childhood Education and Development (CECED), Ambedkar University, Delhi.