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Early childhood (defined as the period from pregnancy to the first 3 years of life) is the most critical time in a child’s life. This is the period of most rapid brain development. Any delays in physical, socio-emotional, or cognitive development that are not addressed during this time may be irreversible and have significant impacts on a child’s health, well-being, and educational and socioeconomic outcomes over the course of a lifetime. Appropriate child development is facilitated through optimal nutrition, good health, and age-appropriate care and stimulation.
Acknowledging that health is the only sector that systematically reaches young children during early years, PATH has developed and is implementing in Mozambique an innovative early childhood development (ECD) model that integrates developmental screening, caregiver counseling on child health, nutrition and parenting education, and stimulation services for children 0–3 years and their caregivers. In different projects this model is integrated into health system touch-points at both facility and community levels (Agentes Polivalentes Elementares, APEs), and into Community Based Organizations through home-based visits and group activities working at community level.
Working in collaboration with the Government of Mozambique, USAID and other key stakeholders, is currently implementing a portfolio of several ECD projects in the country. W from USAID/PEPFAR and the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation (CNHF) is currently implementing a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) to scale up integrated interventions in health sector in all districts of Maputo province. PATH is as well member of a consortium funded by USAID/PEPFAR to implement the COVida project, on which PATH is the technical partner responsible to ensure quality of ECD services delivered at community level in 75 districts across all provinces in Mozambique. With CNHF funding PATH will start also a pilot intervention in one district of Nampula province in collaboration with other partners. Additionally, PATH has a robust advocacy agenda and is working with a range of stakeholders to incorporate ECD content into appropriate government systems and services, through changes in relevant strategies, curricula, norms, tools and IEC materials.
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