IPH action areas in health inequalities: giving every child the best start in life

How does giving every child the best start in life affect health inequalities?

"Investment in the early years provides one of the greatest potential to reduce health inequities within a generation"

Sir Michael Marmot, 2010

The term 'early child development’ refers to a child’s physical, language and cognitive, social and emotional development from the womb to eight years of age. A child’s experience in the womb and in these early years has implications for their health in childhood and adult life.  Social inequalities in early life are a major contributor to health inequalities later on. Children’s development can be stunted when they grow up in disadvantage and these effects are often compounded rather than remedied when they enter the public education system.

IPH has put forward 'Giving every child the best start in life' as a key action area in our Corporate Plan 2010-2013. In particular we hope to promote a focus on children and young people from a health inequalities perspective.

Giving every child the best start in life and health inequalities: IPH portfolio

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