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

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chapter one

UGANDA

TO THE NEW MOMS AND MOMS-TO-BE GATHERED ON THE veranda of the Ongica health post in northern Uganda, midwife Susan Ejang seemed like a modern-day incarnation of the Angel Gabriel, who two millennia earlier had appeared to one particular young woman with the message that she would give birth to the Son of God. Susan’s message that their offspring could achieve great things wasn’t quite that momentous, but it was certainly a bolt from the blue. And it also required a leap of faith. For generations, mothers here had not dared to dream of such things for their children, so tormented was life in northern Uganda. In fact, many of these young moms now on the veranda considered themselves fortunate to have merely survived their own ...

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