International Council of Nurses joins CEPPs Global Initiative to improve early childhood development

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International Council of Nurses joins CEPPs Global Initiative to improve early childhood development

 

Geneva, Switzerland; 25 June 2018 -The International Council of Nurses (ICN) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Childhood and Early Parenting Principles (CEPPs) Global Initiative to this collaborative worldwide network to actively promote a multi-sector approach to Early Childhood Development (ECD) by organisations and governments at all levels.
Professor Thomas Kearns, ICN’s Interim Chief Executive Officer stated, “Nursing practices and knowledge contribute greatly to development in early childhood. From pre-natal care, maternal education, improving access to care, education, health promotion and disease prevention, nurses are a critical part of maternal and child health and early childhood development.”

As part of the Global Initiative, ICN will work to collect and expand the knowledge base of scientific evidence and best practice in maternal and perinatal health and early childhood development and to share this knowledge freely between countries across the world; join forces with other health professionals, educational institutions and organisations involved in the field, to speak with one voice and be heard by policy makers at the highest level; raise community awareness worldwide of the transformative potential of supporting maternal health and early childhood development for societies in the future, thereby empowering communities to become a force for action by policy makers; and to provide capacity for professional education and a continuum-of-care for mothers and infants during the critical period.

 

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