From Kentucky to Kenya and everywhere in between, too many children start life at a huge disadvantage. Their young brains don’t develop properly and their future health is compromised because of a lack of good nutrition early in life. But poor nutrition does more than rob children of their future potential—it also kills. Three million children each year die as a result of malnutrition.
It doesn’t have to be this way. The damage and deaths caused by malnutrition are preventable. We don’t need a new cure or vaccine—we simply need leaders to step up and take responsibility for making the nutrition of young children and their mothers a priority. That’s where you come in.
Tackling a problem as widespread as malnutrition requires actions to change institutions, policies, food systems and cultural norms to enable all of us to make the healthiest choices for ourselves and for our children. And action starts with a commitment. A commitment to help save lives and nourish future generations of children, right from the start. Show your commitment to changing the world 1,000 days at a time by taking our pledge.
I believe we can change the future in a 1,000 days by ensuring that:
- Mothers and mothers-to-be are well-nourished, with access to pre-natal care and a healthy diet of nutritious foods, especially before and during pregnancy;
- Babies are breastfed within the first hour after birth and exclusively for their first six months, with continuation of breastfeeding for 1 year or longer;
Young children get the right foods at the right time to support their growth and development.