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.



1,000 Days hosts a high-level briefing in Washington DC with Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, who announced that the Gates Foundation would be committing $776 million over a six-year period to fight malnutrition.

MG Hill Event 1


1,000 Days launches the first-ever Global Nutrition Report in Washington, DC which paints a comprehensive picture of the state of the world’s nutrition.

GNR Launch


The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) launches its Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Strategy which provides a roadmap to achieve the global nutrition targets for improved maternal, infant and young child nutrition. 1,000 Days and its partners advocated for the creation of the strategy, a key facet of the U.S. Government’s efforts to end preventable child deaths and improve global food security.



1,000 Days teams up with the World Health Organization (WHO) to launch a series of policy briefs at the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) which brought together 194 governments to demonstrate greater commitment to improving food systems and ending malnutrition in all its forms. The briefs provide policymakers with essential guidance on actions to scale in order to achieve progress toward improving maternal and child nutrition.


ICN2 - Credit NCD Alliance


Recognizing  that the U.S. ranks among the world’s worst performing countries with respect to two of the six WHO global nutrition targets (rates of exclusive breastfeeding and overweight in children under age 5), 1,000 Days convenes the 1,000 Days U.S. Leadership Roundtable, which for the first time brought together a diverse group of leaders and policy experts from foundations, medical associations, and advocacy organizations to explore opportunities to build greater awareness in the U.S. of the importance of maternal and child nutrition.


1,000 Days and its partners help bring forward major new financing commitments for the first-ever Nutrition for Growth Summit—hosted by the Governments of the U.K. and Brazil and the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF).  More than $4 billion was committed for high-impact nutrition programs, including a $750 million pledge by 30 members of the NGO alliance InterAction.

Nutrition for Growth - Credit DFID - UK Department for International Development


1,000 Days teams up with Feeding America, the World Food Program, and the American Academy of Pediatrics and several other partners for the 1,000 Days to Change the Future: Making Malnutrition History Summit. The summit laid the groundwork for 1,000 Days to connect its global work to efforts to improve nutrition in the U.S.

Summit Highlights from Dave Haft on Vimeo.


1,000 Days and its partners press the U.S. Government to include a focus on nutrition during the 2012 G-8 Summit in Camp David.  Obama later announced the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, an initiative calling on G-8 leaders, African nations and private sector partners to scale initiatives to reduce hunger and malnutrition around the world.

Obama Food Security


Recognizing that unified global action during the critical first 1,000 days is needed to address malnutrition, the World Health Organization (WHO) identifies a set of global targets to improve maternal, infant and young child nutrition. The six global targets were unanimously endorsed by the 65th World Health Assembly and have served to align the international community around a common agenda for action.

Global Targets Poster


The Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) movement—a country-led movement that unites people from governments, civil society, the United Nations, donors, businesses and researchers in a collective effort to improve nutrition—expands to 19 countries and re-emphasizes its focus on addressing the nutritional needs of women and children in the 1,000 day window. To date, 55 countries have committed to accelerating efforts to improve nutrition.


The 1,000 Days Partnership is launched by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and then Irish Foreign Minister Micheál Martin alongside Bread for the World, CARE, Concern Worldwide, the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, and other leading nonprofit organizations.

1000 Days launch