NEWS: Country briefs presented at PMNCH Partners’ Forum
This week The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health brings together 1,200 partners dedicated to the Every Woman Every Child movement and to the UN Secretary General’s Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health.
During the Forum, The Bernard van Leer Foundation, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, the International Confederation of Midwives and PATH are holding an official side event entitled ‘Spotlight on the Many Voices of the Early Childhood Workforce’ Solutions Summit.
The Solutions Summit will be a highly interactive session that showcasing successful programs focused on the early childhood workforce, as well as placing a spotlight on challenges. The Summit provides an opportunity to hear from frontline workers and attendees are invited to share their expertise in addressing these challenges and to focus on how different sectors can work together. Here, the Early Childhood Workforce Initiative will introduce two of six upcoming country briefs, which highlight promising workforce practices across geographies and services.
The Initiative conducted 43 key informant interviews across 15 countries — Bangladesh, Brazil, Cote d’Ivoire, Ecuador, Georgia, Ghana, Jordan, Kenya, Moldova, Peru, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Zambia — earlier this year. We spoke with 28 country experts from implementing NGOs, multilaterals, and research institutions, and 15 policymakers, including program managers and government officials. This series of interviews helped us identify country priorities and learn about promising approaches. The Initiative continues to build on what we learned from those who are working every day to support young children and families. These conversations guided and informed our compendium of country briefs. The first of these country briefs, from Kenya and Ecuador, are being introduced in New Delhi.