1,000 Days: The Period That Decides the Health and Wealth of the World

Friday, May 2, 2014

The 1,000-day period from the beginning of pregnancy to a child’s second birthday “will determine the health of your child, the ability to learn in school, to perform at a future job,” Susan Ejang, the midwife at the clinic, told the women, adding that proper nutrition for the mother and child, as well as good sanitation and hygiene, are vital to prevent stunting of the body and brain. She spread her arms wide, as if to embrace all the women on the porch. “Yes,” she insisted, “if you take good care, the next president of the country may come from this group.”

Source: The Atlantic (link opens in a new window)

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Health Care
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global health, reproductive health, rural healthcare delivery, vaccinations, Women