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:
- What combinations of interventions are most effective for prevention and treatment of unhealthy birth, growth, and development;
- When in the human lifecycle they are most effectively applied; and
- 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
Reduction of prematurity from pre-eclampsia care
Counseling for healthy sleep habits during childhood: a randomized controlled trial
Early stimulation program for premature children and their parents: Establishing the impact on neurodevelopment at 18 months of corrected age
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
Maternal neuro-psychiatric disorders in the pregnancy-puerperal cycle: early detection and intervention and its consequences in the family triad
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
Assessing the impact of social factors and interventions on healthy growth and development: the cohort of 100 million Brazilians
Latest studies published in All Children Thriving
- Neonatal Adverse Outcomes, Neonatal Birth Risks, and Socioeconomic Status: Combined Influence on Preterm Infants’ Cognitive, Language, and Motor Development in Brazil - 08/2020
- Effect of a conditional cash transfer programme on leprosy treatment adherence and cure in patients from the nationwide 100 Million Brazilian Cohort: a quasi-experimental study - 05/2020
- Incidence of and Factors Associated With Leprosy Among Household Contacts of Patients With Leprosy in Brazil - 04/2020
- PREPARE: protocol for a stepped wedge trial to evaluate whether a risk stratification model can reduce preterm deliveries among women with suspected or confirmed preterm pre-eclampsia - 10/2019
- Evaluation of a quality improvement intervention for labour and birth care in Brazilian private hospitals: a protocol - 11/2018
- Early intervention program for very low birth weight preterm infants and their parents: a study protocol - 08/2018
- Creating biobanks in low and middle-income countries to improve knowledge – The PREPARE initiative - 07/2018
- Neurodevelopment and Growth of a Cohort of Very Low Birth Weight Preterm Infants Compared to Full-Term Infants in Brazil - 08/2017
- Motor development of preterm infants assessed by the Alberta Infant Motor Scale: systematic review article - 05/2017
- Infant sleep hygiene counseling (sleep trial): protocol of a randomized controlled trial - 09/2016