The first 1,000 days from the start of a woman’s pregnancy to a child’s second birthday offer a window of opportunity for preventing undernutrition and its consequences. UNICEF seizes on this period to provide support for breastfeeding, nutrition-rich foods for infants, and micronutrient supplements for mothers, among other basic lifesaving interventions.
Unfortunately, Malnutrition contributes to 45% of all deaths – 2.6 million – of all children under the age 5. It puts those who survive at risk of impaired brain development, lower IQ, weakened immune systems, and greater risk of serious disease.
UNICEF believes every child has the right to be healthy and productive. Good nutrition is the bedrock of child survival and child development. Well-nourished children are better able to grow and learn, to participate in their communities, and to be resilient in the face of disease or disaster.
H.Res.189 / S.Res.260 is a Congressional Resolution that outlines the importance of the United States leadership to accelerate global progress against maternal and child malnutrition, while also recognizing the need for the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) to provide improved and clear methods to track nutrition and food outcomes around the world.
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