Frequently Asked Questions

What is “the first thousand days”?

The first 1 000 days of life refers to the period from conception until a child is two years old.

What is the significance of the “first thousand days”?

South Africa is grappling with a public health crisis in the form of a “triple burden of malnutrition” – the co-existence of micronutrient deficiencies, undernutrition and obesity. This has negative short- and long-term implications for children’s growth, health, wellbeing and development, as well as for the productivity of individuals, families, communities and the nation. The United Nations has identified the first 1 000 days of life as a crucial period to prevent growth faltering and optimise growth and development. The United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development emphasises the central role of nutrition during this period to improve neurodevelopment, reduce stunting and malnutrition and prevent childhood obesity and non-communicable diseases.

How will ImpENSA help to improve nutrition and health during the “first thousand days”?

ImpENSA will develop an innovative training course presented through blended learning to health care personnel in South Africa. The purpose of the training course is to improve the knowledge and skills of health care personnel regarding the nutrition of mothers and infants during the first 1 000 days. This will enable them to support families during this crucial time period.