All Children Thriving

12 projects were funded to develop strategies for a healthy child development.

Globally, over 6 million children under the age of five die each year, and approximately 165 million (26%) of the world’s children have stunted growth jeopardizing subsequent physical as well as cognitive development.

Brazil has made significant progress in reducing child mortality and stunted growth in the last decades. The country has seen the deaths of children under 5 falling by 77% since 1990, and a steady decline in stunting, which has been reduced nationwide by more than 80% since 1975. However, major challenges remain in both areas. A significant proportion of neonatal deaths are associated with preterm birth, which has recently increased to 11.3% of all births in the country. Stunting, undernutrition or micronutrient deficiencies are more prevalent in certain areas of the country, and often closely related with higher poverty rates or limited access to services.

Much remains unknown about the root causes of unhealthy birth, growth, and development. Current evidence suggests that the causes – whether based on malnutrition, infectious disease, social or other factors – are interwoven, and that addressing them one at a time can solve only a small fraction of the problem. Furthermore, stunted growth and development can reduce human productivity and perpetuate poverty. We need to know how and when to most effectively intervene to ensure all children thrive – that they not only survive, but also have the chance to live healthy productive lives.

The ultimate goal of this challenge was to support technological and scientifical research seeking to determine:

  1. What combinations of interventions are most effective for prevention and treatment of unhealthy birth, growth, and development;
  2. When in the human lifecycle they are most effectively applied; and
  3. How they are most effectively and practically integrated into a continuum of care, encompassing preconception, conception to birth, birth to two years, childhood, adolescence, and adulthood.

Projects in All Children Thriving

Monitoring child development indicators in vaccination campaigns: a tool for planning and evaluating intersectoral actions

First Brazilian instrument to assess child development of children up to five years old and to monitor the care they are offered with respect to health,…
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Reduction of prematurity from pre-eclampsia care

For the first time in a developing country, the study evaluated the combination of two tools (a biomarker test and the World Health Organization’s fullPIERS…
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Counseling for healthy sleep habits during childhood: a randomized controlled trial

The research developed a sleep counseling program for parents of children from three months to two years old and evaluated the possible effects of the…
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Early stimulation program for premature children and their parents: Establishing the impact on neurodevelopment at 18 months of corrected age

For the first time in Brazil, the study developed and implemented an intervention conducted by the parents, family and caregivers to stimulate preterm…
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Program to support mothers (PAM) and teachers (PAP) to improve cognitive, social and communication skills in preschool children, improve maternal quality of life and decrease domestic violence

The study developed two specific programs and materials for essential caregivers of children up to six years old: Mothers Support Program (PAM) and Teacher…
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Maternal neuro-psychiatric disorders in the pregnancy-puerperal cycle: early detection and intervention and its consequences in the family triad

The study investigated the prevalence and the incidence of depression during and after pregnancy, as well as the effect of an intervention based on a specific…
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Healthy birth: a prospective study to assess the introduction and effects of a multifaceted intervention to improve the quality of care during childbirth and birth in hospitals in Brazil

The research evaluated the impacts of the Adequate Childbirth program, developed by ANS and Albert Einstein Hospital and already implemented in 143 private…
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Assessing the impact of social factors and interventions on healthy growth and development: the cohort of 100 million Brazilians

Development and implementation of the first Brazilian Center for Data and Knowledge Integration, known as Cidacs. Comprised of data from the Cadastro Único…
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