Success Stories

Solutions to prevent and treat undernutrition already exist. Every day, 1,000 Days partners are putting proven solutions into action in communities around the world. By working in alignment with the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Framework, 1,000 Days partners join a movement to work across sectors and specialties to achieve better nutrition results.

By prioritizing proven nutrition solutions, progress is being made and lives are being changed for the better. Strong nutrition programs, sound policies and better investments can make a difference in the lives of mothers and children today in a way that dramatically improves the health and well-being of future generations of individuals, families and communities.

A lack of vitamin A, iron, zinc, and other nutrients during early childhood puts children at higher risk of experiencing chronic disease, delayed cognitive development, delayed enrollment in school, and reductions in academic achievement and future earnings.

Promising Start in Indonesian Fight Against Stunting

Jakarta’s skyscrapers, high-end shopping malls and expensive restaurants signal a country on the rise, with an increasingly large and affluent middle class and exciting prospects for Indonesia’s future growth. But just half a day’s journey away, young mothers with infants in Nusa Tenggara Timur province were recently waiting at a supplementary feeding center to free receive fortified foods and micronutrients. At first, some of these mothers and infants appear relatively healthy— but in reality, they…


Guatemala’s “La Ventana De Los Mil Días”

Guatemala suffers from the highest rate of child malnutrition in the Western Hemisphere and the fourth highest in the world: almost half of Guatemalan children under the age of five are chronically malnourished. The Government of Guatemala recognizes that malnutrition is costly for their country not only in human terms, but also in economic terms. A study by the UN World Food Programme and the Economic Commission on Latin America found that child malnutrition cost…

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How a CRS Program Drastically Reduced Child Malnutrition in Southern Haiti

Since the start of a Catholic Relief Services nutrition program in southern Haiti, the child malnutrition rate in targeted communities has been reduced from 30 percent to 3 percent. The “Maternal and Child Health Nutrition Program” (MCHN) works with a network of community volunteers and takes an integrated approach to set up rally posts, strengthen health centers and create mothers’ clubs. The video below tells the story. For more information, visit the MCHN page.   Originally published by Catholic…

Through USAID-funded interventions in Guatemala, a health promoter councils a mother on child health and nutrition.

Building Advocacy for Community Nutrition in Guatemala

Alejandro Chilisná Botón is a trained community health facilitator and advocate for integrated care of women and children in the community.  He is also a councilman in the Guatemalan municipality of Cunén, Quiché, where he works on budget approval and helps decide government community development priorities.  Chilisná works to ensure that nutrition interventions are a priority for his region: “a community cannot escape poverty if its residents are not well-nourished. That is the basis for…


Ethiopia Community-Based Nutrition Program Helps Reduce Child Malnutrition

A “model mother” from Gelsha kebele (village) in Ethiopia’s Amhara region, Zenitu Sheperaw is 24 years old with two young children. Her first child was often sick and crying at night as an infant, but after learning about better feeding practices, Zenitu has changed the way she feeds her second baby, now seven months old and doing very well. “Now with this child, I can sleep well because he is not sick,” Zenitu says. “I gave him…