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Early Childhood Care and Development in Emergencies

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Early childhood care and development in emergencies: A programme guide

Disaster situations can cause immediate and lasting damage to a child’s development.  Some children experience such severe stress that their growth and brain development are irreversibly impaired - leading to low attainment at school and poor long-term health.

Early childhood care and development (ECCD) in emergencies builds up children’s resilience and provides a context for development to continue as normally as possible.

This best practice guide on ECCD in emergencies for programme staff covers every aspect of the disaster risk management cycle - from preparedness and response to recovery. It shows how every phase can incorporate gender equality, disaster risk reduction and inclusion of the most vulnerable.