Bhubaneswar, Oct 19: Early Childhood Development (ECD) is a key area to improve child survival and promote healthy growth and development. AIIMS Bhubaneswar in collaborations with UNICEF Odisha organized an exclusive thematic webinar on ‘Early Childhood Development (ECD): issues, challenges and way forward’ over online webinar platform Zoom.
The webinar was attended by experts including Dr. Bhagirathi Dwibedi, Additional Professor, Dept. of Pediatrics, AIIMS Bhubaneswar, Dr. Monica O Nielsen, Chief Field Office, UNICEF, Odisha, Dr. Mridula Phadke,Senior Advisor NHM, UNICEF & Ex-Vice Chancellor, Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, Mumbai, Dr. Bijay Kumar Panigrahy, Director of Family Welfare, Govt. of Odisha, Dr. Swayam Pragyan Parida, Associate Professor, Dept. of CM & FM, AIIMS Bhubaneswar, Dr. Prajna Paramita Giri, Assistant Professor, CM & FM Dept, AIIMS Bhubaneswar, Mr. Sourav Bhattacharjee, Nutrition Specialist, UNICEF Odisha ,other faculty and consultants of RCAPHN, AIIMS, Bhubaneswar.
Dr. Bhagirathi Dwibedi, Additional Professor, Dept. of Pediatrics, AIIMS Bhubaneswar in his keynote address said, “ECD encompasses physical, socio, emotional, cognitive development between zero – six-year age and development starts in the womb itself.” He discussed about various developmental milestones in a child and how factors like Immunization, growth monitoring, primary health care, supplementary nutrition can affect ECD.
While talking on ECD in relation to nutrition during COVID 19 – Issues, Challenges & Way forward Dr. Mridula Phadke, emphasized on the 1000 days of life which consists of the conception period (270 days) and the first 2 years of life (730 days). She talked about the effect of COVID-19 on the brain development of young children as this pandemic could act as a toxic stress.
Speaking on the Early Childhood Development (ECD) programming in India- UNICEF perspective Dr. Monica O Nielsen, highlighted on different programmatic strategies adopted by UNICEF. This includes capacity building of for frontline workers, increasing awareness among care givers, promoting policies, integrated ECD package etc.
Dr. Bijay Kumar Panigrahy, Director of Family Welfare, Govt. of Odisha talked about the efforts and initiatives taken by government of Odisha for ECD which includes involvement of ASHA, Anganwadi workers & Health Workers (F), and an odia booklet for them which depict the scientific basis of first 1000 days of life, Ayushman Bhaba journey of 1000 days APP etc.
The session was ended with vote of thanks by Dr. Swayam Pragyan Parida, Associate Professor, Department of Community Medicine & Family Medicine, AIIMS Bhubaneswar.
The session was moderated by Dr. Prajna Paramita Giri, Assistant Professor, Dept.of CM & FM, AIIMS, Bhubaneswar and Mr. Sourav Bhattacharjee, Nutrition Specialist, UNICEF, Odisha.