13 October 2022

Early childhood care in emergencies and fragile contexts

What does it involve?, Early childhood development care in emergency situations is essential, as it provides immediate and vital support from multiple sectors and services that children need, such as housing, health, nutrition, protection, education and psychosocial support in a safe and nurturing environment., It is important that, in addition to directly supporting young children, care and services are extended to pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers, fathers and other family members and caregivers., UNICEF/UN0559453/Pich Urdaneta, In addition to causing illness, injury, loss of life and damage to infrastructure, disasters also affect the livelihoods of families. They can cause trauma, stress, family separation, disruption of routines due to changes in housing and schooling, and altered diets., Children arriving from US border are playing with their peers and drawing with Haiti Kids Club staff while receiving psychosocial support at UNICEF's Child Friendly Center at Port au Prince Airport. UNICEF/UN0525746/Georges Harry Rouzier However, children under 8 years of age continue to be one of the most invisible groups when planning actions…, Early childhood development and caregivers services in fragile and emergency settings are increasingly essential to end preventable deaths, support the healthy motor and socio-emotional development of newborns and young children, and ensure the overall health and well-being of early childhood., Why are emergency interventions for early childhood development important and a priority?, During 2021, between January and October, Migración Colombia registered a record number of migrants in Necoclí (Antioquia, northeastern Colombia) with more than 90,610 people, mainly of Haitian and Cuban nationalities. UNICEF was present to provide attention to the migrant and host population with more than six water distribution points on the…, When emergency response targets young children with their mothers, fathers and caregivers, these services have the potential to boost economic recovery and peacebuilding in communities and countries., What do we do?,   We work with government institutions, civil society organizations and associations of emergency specialists. We advise on response interventions focused on addressing risks and promoting the well-being of pregnant mothers, newborns, young children and caregivers in humanitarian and fragile settings, especially for the most vulnerable populations…