We are the leading nonprofit organization working to ensure a healthy first 1,000 days for mothers and children everywhere.
1,000 Days was born in 2010 in response to ground-breaking scientific evidence that identified a powerful window of opportunity from a woman’s pregnancy to a child’s 2nd birthday when nutrition had a long-term impact on the future health and development of both children and societies. We coined this window of opportunity the first 1,000 days.
With the backing of the U.S. Government, the Government of Ireland, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and several nonprofit organizations, 1,000 Days began its work as a partnership to drive greater action and investment to improve nutrition for women and young children throughout the world.
We established an office in Washington, DC with support from InterAction and the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), and under the leadership of our founding Executive Director , a small but mighty team has worked to become a leading advocacy voice on this issue.
While 1,000 Days works to improve nutrition for the most vulnerable and in some of the poorest parts of the world, malnutrition constitutes a serious public health crisis in nearly every country on earth including our own–the United States. We recently expanded our work to build partnerships and efforts to bring attention to the issues of poor nutrition, food insecurity and obesity that are impacting the future health and well-being of America’s youngest children.
Thanks to the generous support from our funders and partners, 1,000 Days became an independent 501(c)(3) U.S. public charity in June 2015. We are more committed than ever to ensuring a healthy first 1,000 days for women and children everywhere.