Health Care for ECD
Operationalising Nurturing Care for Early Childhood Development: The role of the health sector alongside other sectors and actors

Guidance produced by the developers of the Nurturing Care Framework (NCF) targets the health sector and aims to catalyse country-level dialogue and action focusing on health service delivery and systems strengthening while also outlining complementary actions by other sectors. 

Who is it for? 

For use by national governments, specifically ministries of health, and for national and global development partners, and other stakeholders. 

Why is it useful? 

  • The guidance note focuses on the important role of the health sector in helping to galvanise a range of stakeholders around children’s holistic health and well-being and highlights where actions to support key components of nurturing care converge — particularly for the period from conception to 3 years. 
  • It builds on the premise that existing health services can be enhanced and complemented by a range of actors to address all components of nurturing care.  
  • The health sector has various routine interactions with families and other caregivers of children. Through these, it can also serve as a catalyst for multi sectoral collaboration, especially in the context of primary health care. 
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