Peter Singer - Saving Brains: Innovations to Help Children Thrive | Summary and Q&A

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June 8, 2016
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Peter Singer - Saving Brains: Innovations to Help Children Thrive

TL;DR

Grand Challenges Canada has funded a portfolio of innovations aimed at improving child development and brain health worldwide.

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Questions & Answers

Q: How does the Saving Brains initiative aim to address the problem of children failing to reach their full potential?

The initiative focuses on developing and scaling up products, policies, and delivery models that protect and nurture brain development in a sustainable manner. It works towards maximizing the opportunity for children to thrive and become productive adults.

Q: Are there any examples of innovations from the Saving Brains program that have been successfully implemented?

Yes, one example is the home visitation program from Jamaica, which has been adapted and implemented in other countries. Another example is the mobile crash centers in India, providing basic education and nutrition to children of migrant workers.

Q: How does the Saving Brains initiative address the issue of scale and sustainability?

The initiative works closely with domestic governments and other organizations to integrate the innovations into their programs and secure funding for their implementation. It also explores financial innovations, such as development impact bonds, to ensure long-term sustainability.

Q: Is there any focus on replicating these innovations in developed countries?

While the primary focus is on low and middle-income countries, there is recognition that some innovations can be applicable in developed countries as well. There are efforts to transfer successful innovations, such as kangaroo mother care, to neonatal intensive care units in developed countries.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • Peter Singer, the keynote speaker, discussed the need to shift the focus from survival to thriving for children in low and middle-income countries.

  • The Saving Brains initiative has produced over 700 innovations in more than 80 countries to address the problem of children failing to reach their full potential due to poverty, poor health, and insufficient care.

  • Examples of these innovations include home visitation programs, mobile crash centers, kangaroo mother care, and coaching to improve parenting behaviors.

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