The Role of the Health Sector in Advancing Nurturing Care: AKDN Syria’s Implementation of Care for Child Development


This case study describes how the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) worked with national and local stakeholders in the Syrian public health system, and in particular the Child Wellbeing programme. AKDN, along with the public health system, adapted and integrated the Care for Child Development (CCD) approach into the health system’s Child Wellbeing programme which serves children 0 to 59 months.  

The learnings from this case study target two key audiences: practitioners who wish to see how CCD can be implemented through health services, and especially in a country experiencing conflict, and government stakeholders that are considering how to increase their investment in nurturing care.  

Key achievements realised through the approach include: 

1. Syrian Public Health System adopted CCD as part of its existing Child Wellbeing programme; 

2. Health system stakeholders led the process of adaptation and pilot implementation; 

3. Health system stakeholders continue implementing the programme without AKDN’s support. 


Early Childhood Development

Health and Nutrition








Sustainable Development Goals

  • SDG 3 Good Health and Well-Being
  • SDG 4 Quality Education
  • SDG 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 Reduced Inequalities
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