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Early childhood development : an imperative for action and measurement at scale

Richter, Linda and Black, Maureen and Britto, Pia and Daelmans, Bernadette and Desmond, Chris and Devercelli, Amanda and Dua, Tarun and Fink, Günther and Heymann, Jody and Lombardi, Joan and Lu, Chunling and Naicker, Sara and Vargas-Barón, Emily. (2019) Early childhood development : an imperative for action and measurement at scale. BMJ Global Health, 4 (Suppl 4). e001302.

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Abstract

Experiences during early childhood shape biological and psychological structures and functions in ways that affect health, well-being and productivity throughout the life course. The science of early childhood and its long-term consequences have generated political momentum to improve early childhood development and elevated action to country, regional and global levels. These advances have made it urgent that a framework, measurement tools and indicators to monitor progress globally and in countries are developed and sustained. We review progress in three areas of measurement contributing to these goals: the development of an index to allow country comparisons of young children's development that can easily be incorporated into ongoing national surveys; improvements in population-level assessments of young children at risk of poor early development; and the production of country profiles of determinants, drivers and coverage for early childhood development and services using currently available data in 91 countries. While advances in these three areas are encouraging, more investment is needed to standardise measurement tools, regularly collect country data at the population level, and improve country capacity to collect, interpret and use data relevant to monitoring progress in early childhood development.
Faculties and Departments:09 Associated Institutions > Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH)
09 Associated Institutions > Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) > Department of Epidemiology and Public Health (EPH) > Household Economics and Health Systems Research > Household Economy (Fink)
UniBasel Contributors:Fink, Günther
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
e-ISSN:2059-7908
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
Language:English
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Last Modified:29 Jul 2019 08:05
Deposited On:29 Jul 2019 08:05

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