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Early identification of developmental delay

A study helps develop a monitoring tool in Cambodia

Assessing developmental milestones in a Cambodian health centre

In low-resource settings, children with developmental delays are often identified too late to benefit from early interventions. Routine monitoring of children’s developmental milestones could change this. What does it take to develop monitoring tools and to introduce them into health workers’ daily work? In Cambodia, cDMAT has started to figure it out. 

In order to document the age range at which average Cambodian children perform key development milestones, in 2015, the GIZ Maternal and Newborn Care Project commissioned the Angkor Hospital for Children to carry out a large-scale assessment of young children’s early development. 

Based on the insights from this study a functionality-based developmental monitoring tool, cDMAT, was developed. It identifies children with significant developmental delay who need to be referred for a more detailed assessment and early intervention.

The study results will be published in the upcoming issue of the journal Early Human Development. Until January 18, 2020, you can access the article free of charge

To learn more about the Cambodian monitoring tool and the initiative behind it go to http://cdmat.org/ 

Klaus Baesel, December 2019

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