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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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EPILOGUE

AS THE CHILDREN TURNED TWO IN THE SUMMER AND FALL OF 2015, Scaling Up Nutrition and the 1,000 Days movement turned five. Of the fifty-five countries that had joined SUN, twenty of them, including Uganda, were implementing national nutrition plans with specific budgets, and seventeen were succeeding in reducing stunting at a 2 percent annual rate. Civil society alliances, involving about 2,000 organizations, had formed in thirty-three countries. Donor spending commitments on nutrition as a percentage of development aid increased to 4 percent from 1 percent.

But for SUN, as for most of the families, celebration was muted by the knowledge that more challenges and perilous years loomed on the horizon. SUN and the 1,000 Days movement set ...

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