Building Better Brains: New Frontiers in Early Childhood Development

This document discusses the following: general messages about early childhood development, programming messages, nutrition, protection,  early & lifelong learning,  health, parenting, advocacy messages, and key facts about the developing brain. The messages presented in this note were generated from a Neuroscience Symposium organized by UNICEF on April 16, 2014, where 16 leading international scientists from different fields of neuroscience presented their latest evidence on the influences of experience and environment on child brain development 

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Early Childhood Development and HIV

Adversity in the first five years of life, including exposure to HIV, can have lifelong, damaging effects on a child’s learning and behaviour. Understanding the critical importance of early life and communicating it to policy makers, practitioners and caregivers are key to improving the lives of children, especially those who are born into adversity.

The need for routine viral load testing

Greatly expanded access to routine viral load testing will be a game-changer in the global response to AIDS. Routine viral load tests improve treatment quality and individual health outcomes for people living with HIV, contribute to prevention, and potentially reduce resource needs for costly second- and third-line HIV medicines.

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On the Fast-Track to End AIDS: UNAIDS Strategy 2016-2021

The AIDS movement, led by people living with and affected by HIV, continues to inspire the world and offer a model for a people-centred, rights-based approach to global health and social transformation. And yet, today, amid a swirl of competing and complex global concerns, we confront a serious new obstacle: the oppressive weight of complacency. This is happening when we know that if we make the right decisions and the right investments now, the end of AIDS can be within our grasp. This moment is, however, fleeting.

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