On March 7th and 8th, 2016, representatives from the DCP3 Child and Adolescent Health and Development volume convened for the Africa Region Roundtable, hosted by the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to validate the three essential packages drafted for inclusion in the volume. Participants included health experts from 5 countries (Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, and Senegal) as well as DCP3 representatives.
Volume 8 lead editor Dr. Donald Bundy, together with DCP3 editors and authors, presented the three essential packages drafted for inclusion in the volume. Participants shared their country level experiences implementing interventions at early childhood, school-age, and adolescence, discussed what has made the interventions successful, and identified how the packages could be taken together to support the child along the life course. Participants unanimously felt that the three essential packages capture priorities that resonated with the needs in Africa Region. At the end of the roundtable, the DCP3 team was convinced that convening health experts is a useful process to validate the essential packages and want to continue with subsequent meetings in India and China.
The roundtable was a useful process to and participants will produce a working paper that summarizes the main messages from the roundtable. The working paper will be available through the DCP3 website.
Roundtable delegates and organizers pose for a photo following the conclusion of the meeting on child and adolescent development on March 8.