“The effect is enormous. Millions of children between the ages of 0 and 8, including children with disabilities and their caregivers, will be benefitted,” says Friday Nwaigwe, Chief of Child Survival and Development at UNICEF Vietnam.
“The Vietnam experience is local but of global– Friday Nwaigwe, Chief of Child Survival and Development at UNICEF Vietnam
significance. The success of this program will be a
centerpiece for best practice.”
Integrated Early Childhood Development as implemented in Vietnam will reduce malnutrition and reduce preventable maternal deaths. It will catalyze the acquisition of knowledge and capacity of caregivers to bring up their children. Furthermore, it ensures the protection of children and supports equity among communities and population groups that previously had very high disparities in health outcomes. “The success of this program will be a model for the world and a centerpiece for best practice globally,” says Friday Nwaigwe.