What We Do

Our mission is to promote targeted action and investment to improve nutrition for mothers and young children during the critical 1,000 days from pregnancy to age 2, when better nutrition can have a lifelong impact on a child’s future and help break the cycle of poverty.

Our vision is to inspire a global movement that will result in nourished, healthier, more productive futures for children, their families and societies across the world.

How we work

1,000 Days is an advocacy hub that champions new investment and partnerships to improve nutrition during the critical 1,000 days between a woman’s pregnancy and a child’s 2nd birthday as a way to achieve long-term progress in global health and development.

We build 1,000 days champions within the U.S. business, government, and civil society communities and promote action and investment in early nutrition by:

  • Informing key audiences about the impact and cost-effectiveness of investing in nutrition during the critical 1,000 day window.
  • Engaging new actors to partner and invest in efforts to improve maternal and child nutrition.
  • Catalyzing collaboration and partnership across sectors.

The need

In order to accelerate global action and investment to address the crisis of maternal and child undernutrition, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, then-Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs Micheál Martin and a community of global leaders launched the 1,000 Days Partnership in September 2010. The 1,000 Days partnership also encourages support for the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) movement of governments, the UN, civil society and private sector which seeks to coordinate and accelerate international efforts to combat undernutrition.

To support the 1,000 Days Partnership and the global SUN movement, a U.S.-based hub was formed in June 2011, by InterAction, a coalition of U.S.-based international relief and development organizations, and the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) in collaboration with the U.S. Department of State. As a hub, we help focus attention on the 1,000 day window of opportunity for impact, engage the private sector, civil society, and government in the U.S. in efforts to improve maternal and young child nutrition throughout the world, and promote partnerships across these sectors to achieve a scale change in improving nutrition.