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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.
February 13, 2012