participated this week in the Mexican launch of the 2017 Lancet Series on Early Childhood Development at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. The audience was about 400 people from academia, the Mexican government including the Ministers of Health and Finance, international organizations, and the press. Jere Behrman and Rafael Peres-Escamilla
, Professor of Epidemiology at Yale, gave the presentation after Gilles Bergson
, Director of the Sackler Institute at the New Your Academy of Science, introduced them (photo: Jere Behrman on the left, Gilles Bergson on the right, and Rafael on the far right). This is one of about 10 launches of this series worldwide – Behrman has also participated in launches in India in October and in Chile in December 2016. This the third Lancet Series on Early Childhood Development; Jere Behrman was a co-author in the 2007
Lancet Series, which have had considerable impact in making early childhood development a much higher priority on the global agenda and the agendas of many countries. The current series estimates that about 250 million children under five years of age in low- and medium-income countries are at risk of not fulfilling their potential, with substantial costs to society, and evaluates alternatives for alleviating this problem. To learn more about other Lancet series on Early Childhood Development click here.