To reach their full potential, children need high-quality health care and services – especially in life’s early moments.
The time between pregnancy and age 3, when the brain is most susceptible to environmental influences, is critical for a child’s growth and development. All children – including those with disabilities and developmental delays, those living in poverty or deprivation, and those affected by conflict or displacement – need nurturing care and health services to survive and thrive.
But millions do not receive them.
In many places, health systems are not equipped to support routine health interactions among children, families and caregivers. Without regular monitoring, some children miss out on specialized health services and developmental support that could help them fulfil their potential.
Early interventions are especially crucial to children with developmental delays and disabilities, but many do not have access to primary health care systems that provide them.