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FHS India Research Brief 8: Early Childhood Development in the Sundarbans Neglect in the face of risks and adversity

Future Health Systems

During the initial five years of life, children learn to talk, walk, play, analyze and comprehend. Research shows that majority of the developments in the brain occur during these formative years. Several social and biological factors risk an optimal growth and development of a child; poverty and lack of care being the most important factors. 

Risks and adversities during this period majorly hamper this neurological development. They are also irreversible with long standing impact on the eventual productivity in life. Given the huge impact that deficits in the early years have in terms of human productivity and sustainable development, early childhood development needs serious attention.

This research brief provides formative evidence on the gaps in the care practices needed for Early Childhood Development in the Sundarbans. It will begin by first gauging the status of child development, the gaps and challenges in key practices needed for it and it will conclude with key recommendations.