APPPAH's president, Sandra Bardsley, and medical director, Joel Evans, MD, served as a part of a panel unveiling the new Childhood and Early Parenting Principles, CEPP, at the 55th Session of the Commission of Social Development at the United Nations  in New York City on February 8. APPPAH, along with other CEPP Founding Partners along with other CEPP Founding Partners, the International Society for Prenatal Psychology and Medicine (Germany), Make Mothers Matter (France), 1001 Critical Days (Great Britain), and APPPAH (USA). The NGO Making Mother’s Matter  sponsored the "Early Parenting and Early Childhood Care and Education" event to address the intergenerational dimension of poverty.

"We are proud to be a part of this esteemed panel who has worked together for the last nine months to frame and promote these principles," said Sandra Bardsley. "The capacity for connecting and building bridges between organizations and professionals is made possible with the resources and insights presented on the CEPPs' website.  This is an exciting project and we are proud to have helped make it possible."

CEPPs International is a member of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH; The Partnership). The Partnership is hosted by the World Health Organization and joins together the sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (SRMNCAH) communities, encouraging unified and effective approaches to improve health of every woman, every child and every adolescent everywhere. 

The Partnership enables members to share strategies, align objectives, and agree on interventions to achieve more together than they would have been able to achieve individually. The Partnership's 2016-2020 Strategic Plan supports the 2030 Survive, Thrive and Transform targets of the Gl of care and supporting the implementation of the Partnership Strategic Plan. CEPPs is well positioned to be included in The Partnership as it works bottom-up.
Read CEPPs' official UN presentation report here.
About CEPP

CEPP principles were recognized and supported for development by the now former and eigth Secretary-General of the UN, Ban Ki-moon. Supporting CEPPs will contribute directly to further the fulfillment of a number of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and achieving the following targets.

The seven principles of CEPP are:

Principle 1. Provide leadership for Early Parenting and Early Childhood Development at all levels of Government.

Principle 2. Promote partnerships between government, non-government and civil society organisations.

Principle 3. Publish a National Childhood and Early Parenting Policy, ensuring universal access and respecting cultural diversity and the voices of women and men.

Principle 4. Establish infrastructure and capacity for education and the delivery of care.

Principle 5. Promote best practices in education and the delivery of care, for mothers and professionals.

Principle 6. Adopt a multi-sector approach ensuring a continuum-of-care in the delivery of physical, emotional and mental health services and early childhood care. 

Principle 7. Measure and publicly report on targets and achievements in relation to Early Parenting and Early Childhood Development.

The CEPPs view of the world is one with mothers at the centre – recognising the vital role they play in creating the societies of the future. The early years of life, from conception, through pregnancy and to age three, represent a crucial period of rapid development and change for a child. For every dollar invested during this early stage of life, we save $5 to $7.00 in future expenses.

Science and psychology are helping us xx understand how the wellbeing of mothers during this period leave an imprint that is hard-wired into the brains of children.  These imprints will have life-long ramifications as children form their first attachments and interpersonal relationships and develop their first concepts – optimistic or fearful – of the world in which they will live.  Some of these first impressions of their world will last throughout their lives, influencing their responses to people, opportunities, events and ideas.

It is now proven that those who experience multiple adverse events in childhood tend to do less well educationally, are less healthy, earn less, thus perpetuating a cycle of disadvantage and poverty consciousness into the next generation. Lack of action not only affects the current generation of children and young people but also the next.

The role of CEPPs is to create a unified and coordinated platform in each city, region and country, with all actors focussed on the wellbeing and support of mothers during this critical period. CEPPs is concerned with all factors affecting the wellbeing and health of the mother and child. These include physical, emotional and mental health, premature birth and adversity such as hunger, poverty, civil unrest and violence.

You can discover ways to help promote CEPP through their online Toolkit, as well as explore their website for resources and subscribe to their newsletter to sign on your country, city or organizations support.

Photo Captions: Sandra Bardsley presenting on the panel; Sara Watson, economist, Valery Unite, CEPP's director, Rima Salahm PhD, Yale University and Unicef, Sandra Bardsley, APPPAH president and Joel Evans, APPPAH Medical Director.