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María Caridad AraujoMaría Caridad Araujo
Lead Economist in Social Protection
Florencia Lopez BooFlorencia Lopez Boo
Senior Economist in Social Protection
Ferdinando RegaliaFerdinando Regalia
Head of Social Protection and Health Division

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The IDB Division of Social Protection and Health will write in this blog about our everyday learning and international experiences on early childhood development.

We invite you to share with us interesting initiatives that are being implemented in your country to promote such an important area for the development of Latin America and the Caribbean.

We look forward to reading your comments!

Sep 1 2014

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by Rita Sorio*


The prevalence of anemia in the Americas has been estimated at 29.3%. Ironically, in Uruguay, a country known for its high red meat consumption, the prevalence of anemia in children exceeds this average. According to data from the latest national health survey on nutritional status, feeding practices and anemia [link in Spanish], 31.5% of Uruguayan children between the ages of 6 and 23 months are anemic. Read more…

Aug 25 2014

by Carolina González Acero


Peru has an innovative plan to provide monetary incentives to the regions of the country that guarantee health care coverage and nutrition services for children.   Read more…

Aug 19 2014

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by Patricia Jara

jardin de infantes

A few days ago, I met Paulina in an electronics store. She made the comment that it was her last day of work; she quit so she could take care of Manolo, her three-year-old son. Paulina, her husband and their son live in a tiny prefabricated house that they set up in her mother-in-law’s backyard. They both make minimum wage, and their combined pay is less than what they need to live better. The family would benefit from Paulina working full time; however, she’s going to stay at home. There’s a preschool five blocks from their home, but these parents have decided not to enroll their son. This is not an isolated situation: in Chile, nearly half of the children who don’t attend child care centers or preschools belong to households in the first income quintile. What explains this situation? Read more…

Aug 11 2014

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by Filipa de Castro and Betania Allen-Leigh

embarazo adolescente

What do we know about teen pregnancy in Mexico?

In Mexico, 31.2% of teen girls ages 15 to 19 are sexually active [link in Spanish], and over half (56%) of them have been pregnant. An increase in teen pregnancies from 30 to 37 per 1,000 women between 2005 and 2011 has vaulted Mexico to the top of the list for teenage pregnancy among member countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Read more…

Aug 5 2014

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pope francis

Jorge Mario Bergoglio is 77 years old. He was born in Flores, a typically middle-class neighborhood of Buenos Aires, and is a fan of San Lorenzo, my favorite soccer team (after Boca, that is!). On March 13 [link in Spanish], he celebrated his first anniversary in an office that has made him one of the most famous men in the world, but maybe you know him better as Pope Francis. Why has this pope become so famous?  Read more…