Early Growth and Development

At 2y of age children in low-income countries are approximately 2 standard deviations (SD) below the international healthy norm in both weight and height. The period from conception to 24m – now coined the ‘first 1000 days’ (www.thousanddays.org) – has thus been identified as the ‘optimal window of opportunity’ within which growth- and development-promoting nutritional interventions should be focused. Within this theme, we aim to understand the mechanisms contributing towards poor growth and development during early-life, conduct early proof-of-concept intervention studies, and generate robust data to guide programmes and policy aimed at optimising healthy growth during this critical period early in life.

 

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