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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 two

INDIA

IN A RURAL VILLAGE IN INDIA, THE POSSIBILITIES OF THE 1,000 days were also praised in song. “Light the lamp of knowledge in every home, transforming our weakness into strength,” sang a chorus of pregnant women and new moms in their Hindi dialect.

                If you take care

                you’ll need no medicine

                and won’t need to spend a penny.

                Before delivery, tend to the mother,

                and afterwards, the baby.

                Share this wisdom

                for the good of everyone,

                transform weakness into strength.

The singing triggered a rare wave of laughter and joy in the downtrodden village of Rampur Khas in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. Together, ...

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