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Parenting for Lifelong Health: Research Dissemination

October 27, 2016

On October 25, 2016, the OVC Task Force sponsored a research dissemination event on Parenting for Lifelong Health. The event included speakers Dr. Mark Tomlinson from University of Stellenbosch, Dr. Cathy Ward from University of Cape Town, and Dr. Lucie Cluver from University of Oxford. Dr. Tomlinson presented on “Parenting in the first 1,000 days: Lessons… View Article

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Millions of children left behind at every developmental milestone: Gaps and Inequities in Early Childhood Development across Africa

October 13, 2016

This publication is rich with data on the equity gaps between the richest and poorest across focus areas — stunting, enrollment in pre-primary education, and basic vaccination rates (as a proxy for access to the health care system for children). Data is also presented on births attended by skilled health staff, registration at birth, exclusive… View Article

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Do not forget the boys – gender differences in children living in high HIV-affected communities in South Africa and Malawi in a longitudinal, community-based study

August 3, 2016

Equity may mean that service providers need to more specifically target interventions in order for vulnerable children to have the same starting point. Targeting interventions means being aware of the effects of gender at different stages in life. This study showed that community-based organizations are not using a gender lens in providing services to young… View Article

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“It’s because they care”: Understanding pathways to classroom concentration problems among HIV-affected children and youth in Western Kenya

August 2, 2016

For children affected by HIV, having an education can be an important source of hope for a future that is stable and secure. This study presents findings related to how familial HIV, poverty and internalizing problems effect children and adolescents’ ability to concentrate at school. The following three themes were identified: (1) lack of care… View Article

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Beyond Survival: The Case for Investing in Young Children Globally

July 8, 2016

This powerful call to action summarizes and references strong evidence that early childhood is the basis of the future for individuals and for national development. The paper calls investors to recognize the multi-dimensionality of children’s wellbeing by funding holistic packages for young children and caregivers which include: maternal, newborn and children’s nutrition, early childhood care… View Article

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It Costs Almost Nothing: Beneficial Indoor Games and Handicrafts from Rubbish and Recycled Materials

July 7, 2016

Through play, children learn problem solving, coordination, communication skills, and how to interact with peers. Play also enhances their psycho-social wellbeing and and promotes their self-esteem. This book contains a series of crafts, toys, and games that can easily be made in low resource settings.

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Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect: A Technical Package for Policy, Norm, and Programmatic Activities

June 27, 2016

Child abuse and neglect is preventable. This technical package presents strategies that prevent child abuse from happening, lessen the short and long term affects of child abuse, and prevent future risk. Approaches to advancing these strategies include: 1) strengthening economic supports for low-income households, 2) changing societal norms to support positive parenting and eliminate the… View Article

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Early Childhood Developmental Status in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: National, Regional, and Global Prevalence Estimates Using Predictive Modeling

June 7, 2016

This study aims to establish the number of preschool aged children in 35 low and middle income countries with low cognitive and/or socio-emotional development through the use of population-representative data. Measures of cognition for young children included the ability to comprehend directions and work independently on tasks in the cognitive domain. Measures of socio-emotional growth… View Article

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From Best Practices to Breakthrough Impacts

June 6, 2016

Early childhood is a time of great change and growth. As such, signficiant disadvantages in the lives of young children can undermine their development and limit their future economic and social mobility. While many leaders in the field of early childhood education are engaged in efforts to improve the quality of early childhood development programs,… View Article

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PROGRAMMING FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD

April 19, 2016

Age appropriate interventions actually begin well before birth, with a mother’s health (2) and prevention of mother-to-child transmission, and continue with safe breastfeeding practices, and fostering the developmental building blocks of healthy childhood. The World Health Organization asserts that “early childhood is the most important phase for overall development throughout the lifespan.” (3) Experiences during this… View Article

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