Gary Darmstadt contributes to Lancet series on early childhood development
Investing in early childhood development essential to helping more children and communities thrive, new Lancet Series finds
Dr. Gary Darmstadt joined 44 authors from 22 global institutions in publishing the latest Lancet Early Child Development Series, Advancing Early Childhood Development: from Science to Scale. One of the major conclusions of the series is that an estimated 43 percent—249 million—of children under five in low-and middle-income countries (LMICs) are at an elevated risk of poor development due to extreme poverty and stunting. The findings also include estimates of the cost of inaction on health and development more broadly.
The Lancet Early Childhood Development Series was launched at a stakeholder event in Washington, D.C., on October 5, just ahead of the World Bank Group / International Monetary Fund Annual Meetings. On October 6, 2016, the Annual Meetings featured a major public event entitled "Human Capital Summit: Investing in the Early Years for Growth and Productivity."