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BRIGHT START

Kickstarting cognitive development for vulnerable children in South Africa

 
 

One to One Children’s Fund is addressing how to deliver early childhood development support to young children and families affected by HIV.


In the Eastern Cape of South Africa, our 30 local Mentor Mothers bring targeted maternal and child healthcare services and education into the homes of some of the poorest families especially those affected by HIV. In the first 18 months, they have reached over 1,000 mothers and children.

Now there is mounting evidence that 70% of children who live in HIV-affected households experience developmental delays and cognitive deficit, whether the children themselves are infected or not. Early childhood is a critical stage of development that forms the foundation for children’s future learning and wellbeing.

This initiative is grounded in the academic research of Professor Lorraine Sherr of UCL/Royal Free Hospital, which shows that intensive engagement with prescribed educational toys and one-on-one time with a parent or caregiver can have positive outcomes for these children.

The initial pilot will be undertaken in a targeted, deprived community in South Africa with high HIV prevalence.

 

key facts

30

local Mentor Mothers bring targeted maternal and child healthcare services and education

Over 1,000

mothers and children reached in the first 18 months

70%

of children who live in HIV-affected households experience developmental delays

£36,000

will ensure we can deliver essential early childhood development support for 100 HIV-affected children and their families 

 
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Our ENABLE programme has already demonstrated the potential of a community-based approach to deliver real change.
 
 
 

WE WILL:

  1. Develop a ‘toy toolkit’ designed for graded learning that encourages one-to-one time with children and their caregivers as they play together in a step-by-step fashion.

  2. Train community workers to deliver regular sessions for children and their caregivers.

  3. Deliver early learning support to 100 HIV-affected children aged 2-5 years.

  4. Adopt rigorous evaluation methods to understand the impact of the project on cognitive development and potential for scale-up.


HELP SUPPORT POSITIVE START

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