l. ABC News just reported that the Vatican will donate $3.55 Million to West Africa via its missionary work there for PPEs for HCW, transport for the ill, and care of orphans. Now we will see a second surge in EBOV funding and interest in the West because Pope Francis is personally involved. See the news item at: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/vatican-earmarks-355-million-ebola-care-28067434
2. Chapter 5 of the World Bank World Development Report is entitled ‘Early Childhood Development (and Poverty)’. Here are my take-home concepts:
Page 98 says poor children have lower cognitive (vocabulary, attention span) and non-cognitive abilities than more affluent children; these decreased abilities put poor children at a loss as adults.
Page 101 says chronic stress or toxic stress in childhood decreases the number of neural connections that develop in childhood so stressed children cannot learn well.
Page 102 says anti-poverty programs can improve early childhood development by reducing chronic or toxic stress in a family.
Page 104 says poor children receive less ‘teaching’ by their parents than affluent children.
Page 107 says early childhood learning in home visits by teachers to poor children can close the learning gap between poor and affluent children so that there is no gap in earnings 20 years later.