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 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.
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!