Early Childhood Development, Nutrition and Health in Emergencies

14 July 2016

In emergencies, children are at greater risk of abuse, neglect, violence, exploitation and toxic stress. However, children need nutrition and health inputs along with care and stimulation in order to grow and develop to their full potential. Nutrition and health spaces, such as temporary health tents and outreach therapeutic programmes (OTPs), attract a lot of vulnerable young children so there is a unique opportunity to make an impact on children’s lives.

In emergencies, children are at greater risk of abuse, neglect, violence, exploitation and toxic stress. However, children need nutrition and health inputs along with cares and stimulation in order to grow and develop to their full potential. Nutrition and health spaces, such as temporary health tents and outreach therapeutic programmes (OTPs), attract a lot of vulnerable young children so there is a unique opportunity to make an impact on children’s lives.

This technical note, written by Plan International and UNICEF, supports nutrition and health colleagues own early childhood development sensitive approaches as integral to nutrition and health activities in emergencies.

It lists key activities to undertake and also contains useful tools and resources, to help identify the impact on young children, parents and existing services.

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Early childhood development, Emergencies, Disaster risk management, Education in emergencies