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Global Child Development Group Hosts Working Meeting In Jamaica

For Release Upon Receipt - December 6, 2009


The Global Child Development Group, whose secretariat is hosted by the Caribbean Child Development Centre (CCDC) of The University of the West Indies’ (UWI) Open Campus, and the Child Development Research Group at The UWI, Mona, is hosting its working meeting from December 8th to 11th, 2009 at the Breezes Resorts and Spa, Rio Bueno, Jamaica. The meeting is supported by The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), Bernard van Leer Foundation (BvL) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).


This group aims to use scientific evidence to promote optimal child development, with a focus on children under the age of five in low- and middle-income countries. It uses a combination of programmes and policies aimed at improving the nutrition, health, cognitive and psycho-social development, education and social protection of young children. The working meeting will review new research and progress in programme implementation and evaluation since the 2007 Lancet Series on Child Development.


This seminal meeting will provide an opportunity for researchers from several countries, including Bangladesh, India, Jamaica, the USA, the United Kingdom, Switzerland and Turkey, among others, to share their research and together with representatives of international agencies, formulate recommendations for programmes and policies to promote optimal early child development.


To find out more about the Global Child Development Group, please contact Dr. Priya Anaokar, at




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