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Webinar date and time: 3 October, 2023 at 10.00-11.30 (CEST)
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Emergencies such as war and displacement have devastating effects on young children’s physical, psychological and socio-emotional development with the potential for lifelong negative effects. These situations may impact children in multiple ways. In emergencies, children’s environments and routines are destroyed. Children may be deprived of responsive caregiving because their parents or caregivers are not present physically, or do not have the psychological capacity to meet their developmental needs. 

War and the refugee experience result in elevated levels of stress for families, which undermines parents ability to engage in quality nurturing care interactions with children. Stress can also directly affect child development, increasing the risk of developmental difficulties and mental health issues. Alongside this, emergencies and displacement often result in children and families losing access to often lose access to important services: health, education, social protection, safety nets essential for development and wellbeing. 

This webinar will discuss the effects of war and displacement on young children from Ukraine and the challenges related to provision of holistic support for health and development by primary health systems and practitioners in Ukraine and Czechia. The webinar will also explore how home visiting can be used as a tool to address these challenges, highlighting the context and experience of home visiting programs which are supporting children and parents in these countries. 

In Ukraine, UNICEF in cooperation with state agencies and other relevant stakeholders, have provided additional training to home visitors to ensure health care and support for families in the frontline conflict areas. Learn more here. In Czechia the health care system is integrating new programs to support the health and development of refugee families and children from Ukraine.   

This webinar is organized by UNICEF Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia (ECARO), WHO Regional Office for Europe (WHO/Europe), and the International Step by Step Association (ISSA) under the auspices of the Health Systems for Early Childhood Development initiative.