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First 1000 Days

"Focusing on nutrition means bringing partners together to invest in the future of mothers and children. We hope all Americans will join us in ensuring that for every child, the first 1,000 days mark the beginning of a life full of promise."
Rick Leach, CEO World Food Program USA

In the life of a child, nutrition during the first 1,000 days—from a mother’s pregnancy to the child’s second birthday—can mean the difference between a promising future or one plagued by poor health and stunted growth. 

This 1,000-day window between a woman’s pregnancy and her child’s second birthday will determine the course of their future, and in time, also shape the future of their families, communities and the stability and prosperity of our planet. 

Yet around the world, roughly half of all child deaths can be attributed to malnutrition, with 3.1 million young children dying every year from related causes. Another nearly 200 million are chronically malnourished and suffer from serious, often irreversible, physical and cognitive damage. 

And all of this is preventable. 

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is committed to ensuring all children receive the nutrition they need during the first 1,000 days. Last year, WFP reached 7.3 million malnourished children and 3 million expectant and nursing mothers with special nutritional support. 

Nourishing The Future In The First 1,000 Days

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Nourishing The Future In The First 1,000 Days

This March, WFP USA is joining the 1,000 Days partnership to launch #March4Nutrition, an online “march” for improving nutrition during the first 1,000 days of life.

Protecting The Children of Syria

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Protecting The Children of Syria

1,095 days. That’s how long the children of Syria have been living under siege as the nation’s civil war enters its fourth year. 1,000 days also represents the critical window in the beginning of a child’s life when good nutrition can mean the difference between a life of good health and promise, or a life plagued by illness and a future of unrealized potential. 

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