Did you know that from the start of a woman’s pregnancy to her child’s 2nd birthday is 1000 days? That 1,000 days is so crucial to the health of that child. Those days “offer a unique opportunity to shape healthier and more prosperous futures. The right nutrition during this 1,000 day window can have an enormous impact on a child’s ability to grow, learn, and rise out of poverty. It can also have a profound effect on the long-term health, stability, and development of entire communities and nations.”
- save more than one million lives each year;
- significantly reduce the human and economic burden of diseases such as tuberculosis, malaria and HIV/AIDS;
- reduce the risk for developing various non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, and other chronic conditions later in life;
- improve an individual’s educational achievement and earning potential; and,
- increase a country’s GDP by at least 2-3 percent annually.
What are some solutions to improve nutrition in the 1,000 day window that are available, affordable, and cost-effective?
- Ensuring that mothers and young children get the necessary vitamins and minerals they need;
- Promoting good nutritional practices, including breastfeeding and appropriate, healthy foods for infants; and
- Treating malnourished children with special, therapeutic foods.
- Informing key audiences about the impact and cost-effectivenes of investing in nutrition during the critical 1,000 day window.
- Engaging new actors to partner and invest in efforts to improve maternal and child nutrition.
- Catalyzing collaboration and partnership across sectors.
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