Strategies for reducing inequalities and improving developmental outcomes for young children in low- and middle-income countries


Aisha Yousafzai, Chloe O'Gara, et al, Harold Alderman, Jere Behrman, Lia Fernald, Meena Cabral de Mello, Melissa Hidrobo, Patrice Engle


child health, early childhood development, government programs, inequalities, poor nutrition, poverty


The Lancet

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Policy Summary

This study finds that effective investments in early childhood are critical for child development and for reducing inequalities perpetuated by poverty, poor nutrition and restricted learning opportunities. It supports a case for governments allocating resources for early childhood development programs for the poorest people in the population to improve outcomes (including nutrition) and reduce economic disparities.

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