Mothers – building healthier, fairer and more peaceful societies
The CEPPs view of the world is one with mothers at the centre – recognising the vital role they play in creating the societies of the future. The early years of life, from conception, through pregnancy and to age three, represent a crucial period of rapid development and change for a child.
Science and psychology are helping us to understand how the wellbeing of mothers during this period leave an imprint that is hard-wired into the brains of children and will have life-long ramifications. Children form their first attachments and interpersonal relationships and develop their first concepts – optimistic or fearful – of the world in which they will live. Some of these first impressions of their world will last throughout their lives, influencing their responses to people, opportunities, events and ideas.
It is now proven that those who experience multiple adverse events in childhood tend to do less well educationally, are less healthy and earn less, perpetuating a cycle of disadvantage and harm into the next generation. Lack of action not only affects the current generation of children and young people but also the next.
The role of CEPPs is to create a unified and coordinated platform in each city, region and country, with all actors focussed on the wellbeing and support of mothers during this critical period. CEPPs is concerned with all factors affecting the wellbeing and health of the mother and child. These include physical, emotional and mental health, premature birth and adversity such as hunger, poverty, civil unrest and violence.
A grand convergence in health is achievable within our lifetimes
“A unique characteristic of our generation is that collectively we have the financial and the ever-improving technical capacity to reduce infectious, child, and maternal mortality rates to low levels universally by 2035, to achieve a “grand convergence” in health.” Global Health 2035 Read more
The worldwide need is multi-faceted, highlighted by studies of the social and economic impacts in diverse areas such as:
Pre-conception Care and Education – Pre-conception care is the provision of biomedical, behavioural and social health interventions to women and couples before conception occurs. Perinatal deaths are 50% higher among children born to mothers under 20 years of age compared to mothers aged 20–29 years. Read more.
Maternal Mental Health – Perinatal mental health problems are very common, affecting up to 20% of women at some point during the perinatal period. They are of major importance because they have been shown to compromise the healthy emotional, cognitive and even physical development of the child, with serious long-term consequences. These factors are not yet fully acknowledged and adequately integrated into policy making. Read more.
Premature Birth – Each year, some 15 million babies in the world, more than one in 10 births, are born too early. More than one million of those babies die shortly after birth; countless others suffer some type of lifelong physical, neurological, or educational disability. Read more.
Poverty – More than 60% of preterm births occur in Africa and South Asia, but preterm birth is truly a global problem. In the lower-income countries, on average, 12% of babies are born too early compared with 9% in higher-income countries. Within countries, poorer families are at higher risk. Read more.
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