The solution

The solution

By improving nutrition in the 1,000 days between pregnancy and a child’s second birthday, we can help families, communities and countries break the cycle of poverty. That is the solution to the “silent tsunami of hunger.”

We know that focusing on nutrition during pregnancy and early childhood can help a child live a healthy and productive life. This is because good nutrition in early life improves a child’s cognitive and physical development and lessens their susceptibility to deadly diseases. 

This is impressive, but the results of this approach also have a far wider reach. In the long-term, it can lead to huge changes globally. 

Changing the future

Evidence shows that the right nutrition during the 1,000 days between pregnancy and a child’s second birthday window can:

  • Save more than one million lives each year
  • Significantly reduce the impact of diseases such as diarrhoea, tuberculosis, malaria, HIV and AIDS
  • Reduce the impact of diseases such as diabetes and other chronic conditions

Read more about this scientific evidence.

Education and potential

Also, investing in better nutrition can help improve how a child performs in school. As a result, the 1,000 days approach can increase a country’s annual GDP by at least two percent. 

The evidence

Investments in nutrition are highly cost-effective. The 2008 Copenhagen Consensus – reached by a group of leading scientists and economists – found that combating malnutrition is one of the best ways to contribute to international development. 

By contributing to the 1,000 Days partnership, we are improving the health and wellbeing of future generations. In doing so, we are investing substantially in global development, security and prosperity.

Working together

The 1,000 Days partnership brings together governments, the private sector and charities. Together, we’re working to increase understanding about the crisis of child malnutrition and to elevate nutrition on the global agenda. Concern is one of the leading international agencies driving this strategy. 

Putting pressure on governments

Here in Ireland, Concern is working to ensure the government continues to support these groundbreaking nutrition strategies for mother and baby. Find out more about Ireland's role in the fight against hunger

In depth

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