• Ann C. Miller, PhD, MPH
  • Kim Wilson, MD, MPH

Globally, approximately 250 million children under 5 years of age are at risk of not reaching their full developmental potential. Children living in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) are at increased risk of not reaching their developmental potential, due to poverty and its manifestations such as undernutrition, infectious diseases, exposure to heavy metals and toxins, exposure to psychosocial issues including maternal depression, domestic and societal violence and lack of access to quality healthcare. Besides the direct and immediate impact on children and their families, this has significant long-term implications for LMIC societies, in terms of lost human capital and increased costs to the health and education sectors.

The Global Health Partnership’s Early Child Development Working Group, housed within the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, is an interdisciplinary initiative that seeks to understand, analyze, innovate on, and help solve some of the most pressing developmental challenges facing children in resource poor settings. The Working Group brings together physicians, researchers, educators, and public health professionals to bring maximum impact to child development research, policy and programming.