Successful Child Development Just As Important As Child Survival

“Five million more children a year now survive to see their 5th birthday than was true 25 years ago. … While there is cause for celebration — five million more 5th birthdays worth of celebration! — we are failing to ensure that every one of these children is thriving, not just surviving,” Jeff Murray, interim deputy director of the Family Health Discovery and Translational Sciences Global Health Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Karlee Silver, vice president of Targeted Challenges for Grand Challenges Canada, write in the Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog. “…Since 2011, Grand Challenges Canada’s Saving Brains initiative has invested $28 million CAD in 44 projects and a platform testing innovative products, services, delivery models and policies to protect and nurture early brain and child development to increase the human capital in low- and middle-income countries. … Investing in the early years of life in an effective way can result in healthy and productive members of our future society. If we care about what we measure, it is essential we measure what we care about” (3/4).