ICN joins the CEPPs Global Initiative

ICN joins the CEPPs Global Initiative

The International Council of Nurses (ICN) has joined the CEPPs Global Initiative to actively promote a multi-sector approach to Early Childhood Development (ECD) by organisations and governments at all levels.  A Memorandum of Understanding was signed in Geneva, Switzerland on 25 June 2018. Read the Press Release. Watch the ‘A Voice to Lead’ video.

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.

We will 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.

In doing so we will raise community awareness worldwide of the transformative potential of supporting maternal health and early childhood development for societies in the future. Through these actions we will empower 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.

A Health-sector-led Global Initiative in ECD

ICN joins the International Federation of Gynecologists and Obstetricians (FIGO) and the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) as CEPPs Partners. We believe international organisations in the health sector are ideally placed to provide leadership in the implementation of multi-sector ECD networks at local level in countries throughout the world.

Our efforts will complement the country-level Nurturing Care Framework launched at the World Health Assembly in Geneva in May. In so doing we will make a difference in lives millions of mothers, families and young children and play our part in realising the SDGs!

The time is now, and together we can help create healthier, fairer and more peaceful societies for future generations. Great opportunities ahead, what a wonderful challenge!

Valerie Unite, Executive Director, CEPPs Global Initiative

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