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Nurturing care for young children during and beyond COVID 19: focus on health and nutrition

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ARNEC Webinar Series 2, No,2.

ARNEC is pleased to host the webinar series entitled, 'Nurturing care for young children: seeking solutions for addressing disparities heightened by the impact of COVID-19'.

For this webinar series, the thematic focus will be on health and nutrition, early learning, responsive caregiving, and child safety and security, all of which are dimensions of nurturing care. The series will explore the long-term impact of COVID-19 on these nurturing care components, especially on the most vulnerable groups, and draw out innovations and solutions from the countries as they design and implement their recovery and resiliency plans.

ARNEC aims to mobilise the ECD community in the region, particularly practitioners, policy makers, and advocates at the country level, to share community, local and/or country-level solutions which adapt nurturing care practices and ECD programmes to the current realities and long-term effects of COVID-19.

This second webinar in the series focuses on the status and solutions in promoting health and nutrition for young children in the Asia-Pacific region during and beyond the pandemic.

The following questions shall be explored:

1. What challenges did the delivery of health and nutrition services including maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) face, particularly for the most vulnerable groups of young children, during the pandemic?

2. How are governments and other partners redesigning health and nutrition policies and programs, including prenatal care, wasting, and stunting interventions, and immunisation to address these needs in the context of the pandemic?

3. What have been the successes in providing health and nutrition services amidst the pandemic? How are the needs of the most vulnerable groups being addressed? What challenges remain?


1) Debora Di Dio, Senior Nutrition and Strategy Adviser at the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement Secretariat, United Nations Office in Geneva, Switzerland

2) Katharina Elisabeth Kariippanon, Early Career Researcher, School of Health and Society and Early Start, University of Wollongong, Australia

3) Guan Hongyan, Associate Professor, Department of Integrated Early Childhood Development of Capital Institute of Paediatrics in Beijing, China.

4) Dr. Sujeet Ranjan, Executive Director, Coalition for Food and Nutrition Security (CFNS)

5) Dr. Brian Sriprahastuti, Senior Advisor, Executive Office of the President, Republic of Indonesia

Moderator: Jyoti Dhingra, ARNEC National Representative for India

Click here for the summary and evaluation report of the webinar. Click here to download the presentation slides deck. The recording of the webinar can be accessed from ARNEC's YouTube Channel.  

Webinar No.3 - Focus on responsive caregiving.  

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