Paving the Way to Quality ECD: We Need More ECD Practitioners

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Quality ECD services begin with trained and motivated practitioners. At the moment, skills supply is not meeting demand. In the Eastern Cape alone, the provincial development plan estimates that 30 000 caregivers and educators need to be trained to achieve universal access to ECD services by 2030 but existing colleges are ill-equipped to rise to the challenge. Where do we … Read More

Early Childhood Development: Lessons from India


Sherri Le Mottee writes: Last week’s visit in India was quite sobering. After a colourful and hopeful time in the country, Kushku (my travel companion kindly ‘loaned’ to me by the Ministry of Women and Child Development) and I visited three Anganwadi centres in the urban slums of Mumbai. Here, we were met by a number of Anganwadi supervisors outside … Read More

New results of stimulation + nutrition add-on to CHW programme

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This article published last week in the Lancet, discusses child development, growth and health outcomes achieved by adding an integrated cognitive stimulation/nutrition intervention for 0-2s on to a lay community health worker programme in rural Pakistan, as part of a large RCT funded by UNICEF. The results show that children who received responsive stimulation had significantly higher development scores on … Read More

Philani: Paraprofessional Home Visiting to improve Pregnant Mother and Infant Outcomes in South Africa

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The Philani Project aims to improve the health and wellbeing of vulnerable pregnant mothers and infants from low-income households, through a strategy of home visits by specially trained paraprofessional “mentor mothers”. Collaborators: Professor Mark Tomlinson (Stellenbosch University, South Africa); Dr Ingrid le Roux (Philani, South Africa); Professor Mary Jane Rotheram-Borus (University of California, Los Angeles, USA); Ms Nokwanele Mbewu (Philani, … Read More

Programme reduces HIV/AIDS in South Africa’s children

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According to the SA government’s 2013 mid-term Review of the 2011 UN General Assembly Declaration on HIV and AIDS, the country’s effective PMTCT programme has led to an 80% drop in the number of new infections among children aged 0-14 years (from 82,000 in 2005 to an estimated 21,000 in 2012). In addition, improvements in early infant diagnosis and the … Read More

Do parenting programmes help prevent violence in the home?

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How effective can parenting programmes be in helping to curb family violence? How would one measure this? These are key questions of a recent study that uses the outcome evaluation method to look critically at parenting programmes, and how they can or should be evaluated. The Full Article: Two UCT-based academics, Cathy Ward and Inge Wessels, have played a … Read More