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In response to the challenges posed to families and children by the COVID-19 pandemic, a coalition of partners including World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, Parenting for Lifelong Health (PLH), the Early Childhood Development Action Network (ECDAN), The African Early Childhood Network and the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children (EVAC) established the Global Initiative to Support Parents.  The mission of the initiative is to promote the development and scale of innovative, evidence-based parenting support programs to create environments that enable children’s wellbeing and health through global advocacy and country-level support. 
The Global Initiative to Support Parents partners will be convening conferences and convenings across each region to develop a common understanding of evidence-based solutions and further commitment towards supporting parents and families. The regional convenings will culminate into a Global Summit, at the end of 2022, as well as a compendium of evidence-based case studies.

The Africa regional convening will be held on June 21, 22, 23 from 10AM to 1PM GMT. 
 
Objectives
The specific objectives of the Africa regional meeting are: 

  1. To share evidence-based parenting and caregiving support and practices for early childhood development, violence prevention, mental health, adolescent health and multi-sectoral life outcomes (including case studies, approaches, and Africa-specific accomplishments and challenges)
  2. To generate policy dialogue to strengthen political, financial and human resourcing for the scale-up implementation of parenting support interventions for children and adolescents 
  3. To promote whole-of-government approach and multi-sectoral, multi-stakeholder collaboration for investment in parenting support interventions for children and adolescents 
 
Outcomes
Intended outcomes of the meeting are:
 
✔     A shared understanding among regional stakeholders of the rationale to step up investment in parenting interventions.
✔     A shared understanding among regional stakeholders of evidence-based interventions and programs, and delivery models.
✔     A shared understanding of the strengths and weaknesses in providing parenting support in the region and what can be done to strengthen programming.
✔     Countries make commitments for sustainable implementation of Support to Parenting of children and adolescents.
✔     A select number of governments and donors commit to stepping up investment in parenting.
 

Target Audience
Participants in the meeting will represent a wide array of stakeholders and engage as country teams.
 
−      Senior government officials and technical staff in government from Ministries of Health, Social Affairs, Education, Gender, Youth, Finance, Economic Development, and other relevant sectors
−      Technical staff from implementation partners concerned with promoting early childhood development, ending violence against children, promoting mental health, ensuring adolescent wellbeing, promoting community development, empowering women, reducing harmful practices, advancing economic development and other areas as relevant
−      Experts and academics in the field concerned with supporting parents and promoting child and adolescent wellbeing, in academic institutions, training institutions, and regional networks.        
−      Representatives from development partners including bilateral and multilateral partners, private donors, foundations and global or regional funding initiatives.
−       Organizing Partners (WHO, UNICEF, End Violence, ECDAN, Parenting for Lifelong Health, AFECN  and USAID)
 
 
Background on Support to Parents and Caregivers
 
Parenting support has a long history and a rigorous evidence base demonstrating lifelong impacts on children’s wellbeing and development. Over the past 10 years, more than 100 randomized trials have shown that programmes to support parents can have the following child outcomes:
 
  • Improved health across the lifespan;
  • Improved nutritional status;
  • Improved early childhood and second decade development;
  • Improved attendance at school and academic performance;
  • Increased productivity and higher wages;
  • Decreased cycle of violence, including decreased perpetration of future violence;
  • Increased social cohesion
  • Decreased discriminatory norms and harmful practices
  • Improved psychosocial and mental wellbeing

 

High levels of effectiveness have been demonstrating when combining integration of parenting interventions in routine touchpoints with services such as health, community, education, and other services; complementary targeted support like home visiting and group sessions; age- and gender-responsive programming.. A mix of delivery methods, from face-to-face to digital approaches, along with mass media messaging, can create a replete and enriching environment of parenting support. Meeting quality standards of participation, intensity and duration of interventions is critical to achieve impact, as are pathways for connecting families with special needs to health and social services (for example, families with needs around disabilities, mental health, violence, or economic empowerment).

 
To attend, please register at:
https://who.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUvdOuprjIsGtxYwcwbMLcGo_7QGjskqaBE

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