The Child from Mozambique

June 8, 2011

Publication: Huffington Post

Featured Expert: Jack P. Shonkoff


In this entry from the Huffington Post’s World blog, Marcelo Giugale, the World Bank’s Director of Economic Policy and Poverty Reduction Programs for Africa, illustrates the profound negative impact of early poverty on future life outcomes. Giugale explains that brain plasticity peaks during the first year of life and that delays or interruptions in this process, whether from hunger, disease, or neglect, can have lifelong consequences. The article references Center Director Jack P. Shonkoff and his February 2010 World Bank lecture.

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