Implementation of early detection and early intervention service delivery in infants at risk for cerebral palsy to promote infants’ psychomotor development and maternal health.

Increasing awareness of evidence based guidelines for early detection, surveillance and intervention for infants with Cerebral Palsy

BORNTOGETTHERE will exploit current evidence on early detection, characterization and intervention for infants at high risk of Cerebral Palsy (CP) by implementing the first International Clinical Practice Guidelines in multiple sites in Europe (Italy, Denmark, Netherlands), in low- and middle-income countries (Georgia, Sri Lanka) and hard to reach populations (Queensland and remote Australia).

Through the network the project will optimize context-specific health programs for early detection of CP through the implementation of a tailored multifaceted knowledge translation strategy. Borntogether will also facilitate the optimization of context-specific health programs for early surveillance of associated impairments and functional limitations of infants with CP, thereby fostering needs-based early intervention and preventing secondary complications, and improving the outcomes of both the infant and the caregivers.

families with infants at high risk followed until 2nd birthday
Targeting to improve lives of 3000 families annually

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With this project we lay the foundations for a new vision of cerebral palsy, which focuses on the very early identification of children at risk and their families. This is a new model that allows our children to access care and rehabilitation in an era of maximum plasticity of the nervous system, thus optimizing the developmental processes and significantly improving prognosis.

prof. Andrea Guzzetta

This project is highly innovative also for its widespread impact on the child population living in remote areas and in countries with low economic development. By this we mean Georgia, Sri Lanka and remote areas of Australia. This is to allow even in those contexts, to be able to make diagnosis and early intervention to children at risk.

dr. Giuseppina Sgandurra