Malnutrition is especially dangerous in the early years (first 1000 days especially) because the lack of sufficient food, or food with the right minerals and vitamins, effects not only physical development but also brain development, and will result in the child being more easily prone to illness.

Pregnancy is part of the first 1000 days of a child’s life and it is now recognized that the first 1000 days, from the start of pregnancy to a child’s second birthday are the most significant in a child’s development. Leading child health experts worldwide agree that proper care given during the first 1,000 Days has more influence on a child’s future than any other time in their life. That is why what the mother does during pregnancy is so important.