Connecting the dots between early childhood development, health systems and innovation to unleash future potential

19 Dec 2018

David Reddy, CEO, MMV

G20 Briefing Booklet

Photo: Damien Schumann/MMV

The G20 leaders and the Argentinian presidency should be commended for their unprecedented reaffirmation of the importance of investing in early childhood development and for placing it at the top of their 2018 agenda with the G20 Early Childhood Development Initiative. This recognition that the first 1,000 days of a child’s life are crucial for mental and physical development, and a precondition for reaching their full potential, will be vital to breaking the cycle of structural poverty and inequality and thereby helping achieve several of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. 

Millions of children continue to die or suffer from permanent disabilities each year, either because their diseases are not diagnosed or because the appropriate treatment is not accessible or does not exist. This poses a largely unanswered dilemma to the development community.

Malaria is a case in point. There has been enormous progress in the fight against malaria in recent years, with the number of paediatric deaths dropping by 35% between 2010 and 2016. However, in 2016, the disease still took the lives of more than 300,000 children under five years of age...

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