"The First 1,000 Days": Health and Nutrition Program

Why "the first 1,000 days?" The first 1,000 days of a child's life lays a lifelong foundation. Poor nutrition in the first 1,000 days of children's lives can have irreversible consequences in terms of their health, cognitive capacity and physical development.

Photos by UNICEF.

Program Objectives

Children can survive and thrive if they have adequate nutrition and care. Takeda partners with UNICEF to improve health condition for a child's first 1,000 days and to protect children from stunting (chronic malnutrition) through a holistic approach of interventions integrating health, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene, and early childhood development.


BUDGET: 1 billion yen
TERM: 5 years
LAUNCH: 2017
AREA: Benin, Madagascar, and Rwanda