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Effective Interventions and Strategies for Improving Early Child Development

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Daelmans B, Black MM, Lombardi J, Lucas J, Richter L, Silver K, Britto P, Yoshikawa H, Perez-Escamilla R, MacMillan H, Dua T, Bouhouch RR, Bhutta Z, Darmstadt GL, Rao N; steering committee of a new scientific series on early child development. Effective interventions and strategies for improving early child development. BMJ. 2015 Sep 14;351:h4029. doi: 10.1136/bmj.h4029. PubMed PMID: 26371213.

The millennium development goal on child health has led to great improvements in child survival worldwide. Child mortality has fallen by almost 50%, resulting in an estimated 17 000 fewer children dying every day in 2013 than in 1990.1 Nevertheless, many children who survive do not thrive, with over 200 million children under 5 years of age at risk of not attaining their developmental potential. Physical and mental health, educational and occupational attainment, family wellbeing, and the capacity for mutually rewarding social relationships all have their roots in early childhood. We now have a good understanding of the serious implications of young children going off course, including the longer term economic and societal ramifications. Here, we synthesise evidence about effective interventions and strategies to improve early child development, and call for it to be included in a new global strategy on women’s, children’s, and adolescents’ health.

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