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The Hunger Project National Leadership Conference [part 2]

April 6, 2012

Just joining? The Hunger Project National Leadership Conference [part 1]: Why THP investors rock!

Today I’d like to discuss The Hunger Project‘s newly established partnership with 1000 Days, which was introduced at the conference last weekend.  Here’s what the organization is all about.

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What:

1000 Days is a coalition of a hundred organizations working to improve nutrition worldwide by focusing on the critical first thousand days of a child’s life.

Why:

Malnutrition contributes to 1 in 3 deaths and kills 3.5 million children every year.

Malnutrition changes the architecture of a child’s brain, irreversibly stunting physical, cognitive, and emotional development.  Children who are malnourished early on in life tend to have lower IQs and increased risk for chronic disease.

Mother and child malnutrition occurs in a cycle: a malnourished woman gives birth to a low weight, malnourished baby which grows up to be a stunted, malnourished woman.

The first 1000 days of a child’s life, from in utero to two years old, is a critical period for proper nutrition.  This window of opportunity encompasses maternal nutrition during pregnancy, breastfeeding, and the transition to solid food.

Improving early childhood nutrition offers the highest return on investment for improving health and development.

How:

1000 Days promotes improved early childhood nutrition by informing others of the importance of the 1000 day window and catalyzing partnerships with relevant organizations.

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As a girl interested in pursuing a career in public health with a focus on nutrition, the introduction of THP’s partnership with 1000 Days certainly caught my attention!  I am thrilled to see an organization focusing on not just on ending hunger but on ending malnutrition as well.  I can’t wait to see what this new partnership helps realize!

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