Early Human Development – Equity from the Start – Latin America

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J. Fraser Mustard


Today we know from studies in social sciences and developmental neurobiology that the environment in the early years of human development sets trajectories for health (physical and mental), learning, and behavior throughout life. We now understand how experience in early life regulates the function of normal genes. Gene functions set in early life are difficult to change. Some societies are beginning to appreciate the importance of early human development for the future quality of their population. Initiatives should be in place that are compatible with the recommendations in chapter 5 of the WHO Commission Report on the Social Determinants of Health. To do this, we must provide equity from the start.


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Mustard, J. F. (2011). Early Human Development – Equity from the Start – Latin America. Revista Latinoamericana De Ciencias Sociales, Niñez Y Juventud, 7(2). Recuperado a partir de https://revistaumanizales.cinde.org.co/rlcsnj/index.php/Revista-Latinoamericana/article/view/188
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