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Improving children’s lives, Maximizing their abilities
Wed, 3 May 2017, 09:00 – Thu, 4 May 2017, 14:00 NPT
We are pleased to invite you to this international event that will address the challenges in linking child’s health and early childhood development. Scientific studies and programmatic innovations will be presented gathering experts from all SAARC countries in order to share new findings and field experiences.
The conference will address the importance of the first 1000 days of life that are known to be the foundation for multiple aspects of the child’s development such as emotional, cognitive and motor that will favour the child’s mental and physical well-being. During that period, the child’s ecological system will participate in supporting or adversely in challenging the child’s development. More and more studies bring evidence on the influence of the social conditions, the family’s stimulation, the child care practices, the nutrition status, the maternal mental health and various stressful factors. Those issues and the solutions proposed will be discussed during the conference.
Two known crucial factors for the deterioration of child growth and development are under nutrition and poor psychosocial stimulation. Optimal child development is the product of the interplay between food, stimulation and sensitive responsiveness from caregivers (UNICEF, 2012). Moreover there is substantial evidence that early psychosocial stimulation with disadvantaged infants and young children can convene both short- and long-term benefits to cognitive and social development (Engle et al, 2007; 2011). This conference will examine studies that show the contribution of psychosocial stimulation to enhancing child’s health and development in various cultures.
In different contexts, from emergency to recovery, it is essential to consider new approaches to address issues related to maternal and child health. Early childhood programming is widely considered as a cost-effective period for intervention, given that child development proceeds sequentially – later development of competencies builds on earlier developmental successes. The conference will seek to highlight solutions that contribute to reducing vulnerabilities of mothers and young children in order to enhance early child development.