In regions where resources are scarce and communities are unstable, such challenging conditions intersect and persist during critical periods of early life with life-long effects on health and development. As highlighted in the Nurturing Care Framework, these environments tend to produce clusters of adversities such as extreme poverty, neglect, abuse, conflict and emergencies.
When clusters of adversities intersect, there is an increase in stress that, when chronic, can become toxic to developing brains. Nurturing care requires prioritized and targeted interventions that take into account the biological changes that influence short-, medium- and long-term development outcomes. There is a need for state-of-the-art evidence to help drive effective approaches to child and family well-being that will enable all children to have the best start in life.
On March 28th, 2019, CIFAR in partnership with Aga Khan Foundation Canada and the International Development Research Centre will convene a roundtable in Ottawa, Canada to seed an intersectoral conversation exploring our current understanding of the impact of multiple early adversities on child development and health and opportunities for targeted interventions.
This CIFAR Exchange in International Development and Health will bring together fellows in CIFAR’s Child & Brain Development research program and international development leaders in health, policy, and programming. The roundtable will aim to explore the multiple forms of early-life adversities that are prevalent in low/middle-resource global regions, how they interact, the implications for developing biological research models, and, by extension, the implications for research-informed interventions and approaches that support early childhood development.
Participation is by invitation-only.