Food for thought ! [in response to Richard Fitton, UK]
The role of Caregiving has, indeed, been undervalued for a while now, especially in the foundations of Health and well-being. Emerging studies on Early Childcare and Development as well as observations related to health care in the Covid phase are thankfully putting the spotlight on the role of Caregiving in health promotion, disease prevention and home management of common illnesses.
There could be a platter of studies in this area to feed some action - including family involvement in co-production of research !
All new evidence from research, however, may not mean much without guidance for caregivers who can be the most valuable partners for translational research by family practitioners.
Thanks and best regards.
HIFA profile: Sunanda Kolli Reddy is a Developmental Paediatrician from New Delhi,India, with a special interest in Early Child Care and Development of children with neurodevelopmental problems in underserved communities. She is actively involved in health promotion, community-based research, care provider training for promoting abilities of children with special needs, through the various programmes of Centre for Applied Research and Education on Neurodevelopmental Impairments and Disability-related Health Initiatives (CARENIDHI), which she heads (www.carenidhi.org). Her work in the community settings to widen the disability-in-development model of CBR encompasses the wider determinants of health and human capabilities and issues which impact the lives of the poor. She combines her experience in developmental paediatrics with the core work of CARENIDHI's grassroots convergence programmes in partnership with groups working in the area of Implementation research and policy. She is a member of the HIFA working group on Community Health Workers.
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