Child Health

Within the Child Health expertise area the focus lies on preventive care for children on the basis of the whole child. In other words, looking at the connection between the child's physical, social and psychological problems at the interface of prevention and cure. By focusing on integrated care and early prevention among young people from conception to 23 years, we help to ensure a healthy and safe upbringing.

The Child Health expertise area has the knowledge in house to play a key role in the health and psychosocial issues concerning young people and so approach such issues in an integrated way.

  • We can identify and monitor health problems
  • We are able to get behind the determinants of health problems
  • We can develop and implement interventions
  • We can evaluate the effects of interventions (also in terms of costs) and identify the right implementation strategy
  • We develop training for paediatricians

Our expertise in child health

The expertise area of Child Health comprises a number of research fields related to the health and safe upbringing of children:

  • Obstetrics and maternity care
  • Preventive healthcare for children and young people up to 23 years of age
  • Psychosocial development of children
  • Paediatrician training

By working collectively in multidisciplinary teams (obstetricians, physicians, psychologists, epidemiologists, health scientists, etc.) we help to produce solutions for obstetrics and maternity care, child health and child care. Through evidence-based research we develop guidelines and intervention that are applied in these domains. We ascertain the effects of interventions through evaluation and monitoring, thereby enhancing the effectiveness of preventive care for children.

Knowledge into practice

Child Health is an area of expertise that translates the knowledge developed in research into practice. A few examples:

  • The implementation of guidelines: knowledge is contained in guidelines applied by the field, such as the guidelines for toilet training and skin.
  • Monitoring developments as in the national growth study and Peristat, an international survey of mortality at childbirth.
  • The development of interventions like CODIP, a programme for supporting children in divorce situations and for SBS, Shaken Baby Syndrome, a programme geared to young parents aimed at preventing SBS.
  • Early warning in more areas like psychosocial problems, the ALPHA NL, warning of worrying upbringing conditions and child abuse by, for instance, applying the protocol to the emergency department in the hospital (MCH Protocol)
  • Cost-effectiveness analyses: the extent to which intervention help improve effectiveness

Community based dental care for young children in Suriname

Dental care is very important! With healthy teeth you can eat, speak and laugh. Teeth, which are not well maintained, can lead to pain and finally affect your health. In the project ‘Surismile’, TNO and... Read more

Check2Gether improves antenatal care in Indonesia

In order to reduce the tremendous maternal and neonatal mortality rate in West-Timor TNO and Simavi introduced Check2Gether: an innovative quality antenatal care service for pregnant women. This portable... Read more
Our work

New score to assess child development

Almost half of the children under 5 living in low and middle income countries are not reaching their developmental potential. This will affect their long-term education, well-being and productivity. In... Read more

D-score: Dutch youth health care goes international

01 July 2019
The Dutch model for improving children's health by youth health care gains international recognition. A research group led by the World Health Organization (WHO) recently adopted the D-score, a measure... Read more

A healthy start for Surinamese babies from teenage parents

19 June 2018
Together with partners in the Netherlands and Suriname, TNO and Perisur developed an interactive educational program for teenagers focusing on a healthy start for babies including planning a pregnancy... Read more

TNO supports preventive youth health care system in Togo

12 December 2017
Efforts by TNO will provide insight into the value of a preventive youth health system in developing countries. We support the evaluation of a preventive youth health care system, set up in Togo in line... Read more

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