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The First 1,000 Days: A Crucial Time for Mothers and Children—and the World

July 14, 2016 | 16:15 ET, 20:15 GMT

Proper nutrition during the first 1,000 days of life – from the start of a woman’s pregnancy – heavily influences a child’s ability to grow, learn, work, and succeed. In fact, research and experience have shown that early “hardwiring” determined by nutrition, stimulation, and environmental factors influences the long-term prosperity of families, nations, and the world.

In his new book, “The First 1,000 Days: A Crucial Time for Mothers and Children – And the World,” author Roger Thurow connects readers with families in Uganda, India, Guatemala, and the United States, revealing the science, economics, and politics of malnutrition.

Join us to discuss global efforts to combat early childhood malnutrition, the link to ending extreme poverty, and why it’s imperative that we invest in the early years.


Author and Award-Winning Journalist

Vice President for Human Development, World Bank Group