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Leveraging Paraprofessionals and Family Strengths to Improve Coverage and Penetration of Nutrition and Early Child Development Services

Citation

Tomlinson, Mark; Rahman, Atif; Sanders, David; Maselko, Joanna; & Rotheram-Borus, Mary Jane (2014). Leveraging Paraprofessionals and Family Strengths to Improve Coverage and Penetration of Nutrition and Early Child Development Services. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1308, 162-171. PMCID: PMC4005291

Abstract

Children need to be protected in intergenerational networks, with parents who have positive mood, resources to feed their children, and skills to promote early childhood development (ECD). Globally, more than 200 million children are raised annually without these resources. This article reviews the potential contributions of increasing coverage and penetration of services for these children, challenges to achieving penetration of services in high-risk families, opportunities created by bundling multiple services within one provider, potential leveraging of paraprofessionals to deliver care, and mobilizing communities to support children in households at high risk for negative outcomes. We end with a number of suggestions for how to ensure the equitable scale-up of integrated ECD and nutrition services that take into account current global priorities, as well as coverage and penetration of services.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/nyas.12269

Reference Type

Journal Article

Year Published

2014

Journal Title

Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences

Author(s)

Tomlinson, Mark
Rahman, Atif
Sanders, David
Maselko, Joanna
Rotheram-Borus, Mary Jane

PMCID

PMC4005291