“The investment in the skills of health workers to detect and respond to disabilities quickly can lead to a significant impact at a critical stage of a child’s mental and physical development. Early detection improves the chances of preventing disability, and it is shown to be more cost-effective than a later intervention.” - UNICEF Representative to the Republic of Azerbaijan, Edward Carwardine
UNICEF supports early detection and early prevention of disabilities and developmental delays in children by designing training programmes for medical practitioners throughout the country. This ensures that all paediatricians, child neurologists, psychologists and social workers can have the best up-to-date knowledge and skills to detect and manage disabilities in children as early as possible.
We also support systems that refer families to specialists who can best assist them, a crucial component to maximizing the effectiveness of early detection and prevention.