Seminar on Early Childhood Development, 8 - 9 September, 2016, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

The workshop was held by partner organization “Hand in Hand” in the framework of the project “Parents- Leaders in Building an Inclusive Society“, with the financial support of “Brut fur die Welt”, “ICCO Cooperation” and Public Fund “FSDS”. The workshop was conducted for the representatives of public health system. The total number of participants exceeded 40 that included healthcare workers from Issyk-Kul, Naryn, Talas and Chui regions, representatives of UNICEF, local NGOs and international volunteers from Japan and USA.

It was a joint workshop with the Ministry of Health of the Kyrgyz Republic, aimed at empowering the capacities of pediatricians for timely identification of backlog in children’s development up to 3 years, as well as in next steps after identification – in proper surveillance, correct assessment of the condition and diagnosis and in further rehabilitation. The representatives of the Public Parent Associations, such as “Hand in Hand”, “Dvizenie Vpered”, “Santerra” and “Detstvo bez Diabeta” have shared practical experience of working with children with Down syndrome, with autism, cerebral paralysis and diabetes. The knowledge and expertise they shared was based on modern international methods of adaptation, care and practical training. An experience shows that the use of these methods will significantly improve physical and psychological condition of children, giving a chance to develop the self-service skills of children, enabling them to perform simple housework tasks and gradually play with other children.

Based on the questions raised by the participants and the debates to which these questions and answers led to, the workshop passed fruitfully. Many of participants are professionals in sphere of early childhood development and work with children of pre-school age in their respective institutions – Family Medicine Centers.

As a result, the participants will share gained knowledge and expertise with their colleagues in respective institutions, which will be monitored in its turn by the Ministry of Health of the Kyrgyz Republic.