URC Joins 1,000 Days Partnership

University Research Co, LLC (URC) recently joined the 1,000 Days partnership, a group that advocates for improving nutrition for mothers and children in the 1,000 days between the start of a woman’s pregnancy and her child’s second birthday. 

Under-nutrition—the insufficient intake of nutritious food—is a leading cause of death of young children throughout the world. For infants and children under two, the consequences of under-nutrition are particularly severe. They often have difficulty growing, resisting infection, and recovering from disease, making them particularly vulnerable to diarrhea, pneumonia, malaria, HIV/AIDS, and other illnesses.

The partnership, comprising more than 70 groups, promotes action and investment in nutrition for mothers and children during the 1,000-day window. Nutrition during this period helps improve a child’s ability to learn and grow, contributing to a healthy and prosperous future for families and communities. The partnership also encourages support for the Scaling Up Nutrition movement, which seeks to coordinate and accelerate international efforts to combat under-nutrition.

The 1,000 Days blog recently featured the story of Frank, a severely malnourished infant assessed and treated through the NuLife – Food and Nutrition Interventions for Uganda project, funded by the US Agency for International Development and implemented by URC. Read more about URC’s work in nutrition here.

Date 
February 13, 2012
Authors 
Sarah Whitmarsh, Communications Specialist
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