The Economic Rationale for Investing in Stunting Reduction

In 2013 a group of economists and researchers calculated the benefit: cost ratios of a package of nutrition interventions aimed at reducing stunting and severe acute malnutrition. The paper finds that investments to reduce chronic undernutrition are excellent investments – at the most conservative set of assumptions, for every $1 spent on direct nutrition interventions, … Continued

The Impact of Poor Sanitation on Nutrition

The intersection between nutrition and WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) continues to garner attention, however much work remains to be done. SHARE and UNICEF recently released a policy brief that summarizes the evidence the evidence for the impact of poor sanitation on nutritional outcomes and highlights the potential offered by greater integration of WASH within … Continued


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1,000 Days Principles

We believe that all children deserve a healthy first 1,000 days and the opportunity to achieve their full potential. But too many children are robbed of this opportunity because they don’t get the nutrition they need to thrive. 1,000 Days is working to change this through actions that are guided by a set of principles … Continued

Why 1,000 Days

The 1,000 days between a woman’s pregnancy and her child’s 2nd birthday offer a unique window of opportunity to build healthier and more prosperous futures. The right nutrition during this 1,000 day window has a profound impact on a child’s ability to grow, learn and thrive—and a lasting effect on a country’s health and prosperity. … Continued

The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding

Given the importance of breastfeeding for the health and well-being of mothers and children, in 2011 the U.S. Surgeon General put forth a call to action urging health care providers, employers, communities, researchers, and government leaders to better support mothers to meet their personal goals for breastfeeding. Most mothers in the United States want to … Continued

Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Policies

Even the youngest children in the United States are at risk of becoming obese. In response, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) reviewed factors related to overweight and obesity from birth to age five and develop this report which recommends actions that healthcare professionals, caregivers, and policymakers can take to prevent obesity in young children.

Nutrition and health in women, children, and adolescent girls

Published alongside the UN Secretary General’s second Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health, this policy brief makes the case for strengthened focus on nutrition, with special attention to the first 1,000 days (from a woman’s pregnancy to the child’s second birthday), pregnant and lactating women, women of reproductive age, and adolescent girls. According … Continued

The 2013 Lancet Series on Maternal and Child Nutrition

In a follow up to its 2008 series, The Lancet’s 2013 series on maternal and child nutrition revealed that improvements in nutrition remain “a massive unfinished agenda.” Perhaps the most startling new finding was the revelation that malnutrition is responsible for nearly half of all child deaths each year—3 million children under age 5—and is … Continued