First 1,000 Days


I cannot understand the love a mother must have for their child. Recently a close friend of mine had a baby and told me that she has never loved anyone the same way she loves her son, a bond that she cannot put into words.

From the perspective of a daughter, my mother is my rock and support and without her, I would not be the person I am today.

Mothers are life-givers and hero’s in my eyes. That is why I was really touched by the most recent initiative I came across called “1,000 Days” under the “Northern Uplands Food and Nutrition Security Improvement Project” as explained in my previous post.

Xay, 16 years, mother of one son

Xay is 16 years old and has one child who is 1 year and 9 months old. When I met her she was helping her son walk, holding his hands and guiding his feet. Xay was timid at first, but her smile grew bigger as she started to speak about her child.

Women like Xay, face imminent and heartbreaking health risks that affect her and her child. “1,000 days” is about helping the mother through her first 1,000 days from the moment she conceives, until the child is about 2 years old.

In Laos, under-nutrition remains a concern for the infants, which often lead to stunting (particularly in children under 5). According to the World Health Organisation, the most cited challenges for children are stunted growth and being underweight. Stunting is being too short for one’s age and is defined as a low height-for-age ratio.

The programme helps to educate the mothers and provide information that will facilitate a healthy pregnancy, birth, and first years of the child’s life. Information is power!

Xay said that because of this programme, she was able to go to Assistant Nurse Care, which provides counselling and practical support for mothers, over the course of her pregnancy.

Children wait for their vaccination in the village

Let’s address Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2 “End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture” together!

Also a shout out to all the mothers of the world, because of you the world continues to understand the meaning of strength and resilience.

I’ll be posting more stories about food and nutrition this week and next week – stay tuned! And as always, thank you for reading!

  • Namulime Sharon
    17/01/2018

    Wow! This is a great initiative.

    Helping mothers through their first 1000days after pregnancy helps especially to those mothers that find it frustrating due to early pregnancies, unwanted pregnancies, poor living conditions etc.

    This initiative gives them hope and strength.

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    • Lauren Chan
      19/01/2018

      Exactly! It’s about helping the women and providing hope and strength, as you said.

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  • Violeta Argentina
    19/01/2018

    Great wording for the opening of such an important topic!!

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  • Anil
    19/01/2018

    I am inspired by this story. It is a heart touching moment when a mother says she never loved more than her own creation “son or daughter”. I too believe mother’s love is incomparable. 1000 days for both child and mother is important and sometime it is also called ‘1000 golden days’, and I am happy to read positive aspects of of this program in Lao.

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    • Lauren Chan
      19/01/2018

      Thank you for your comment, I’ve never heard of ‘1000 golden day’, but I think that’s such a good way to put it.

      Reply

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