A Thousand-Day Plan to Level the Playing Field for All Children

Are some days in one’s life more important than others? Luis Alberto Moreno argues that investing in nutrition, vaccination, and cognitive stimulation in the first thousand days of a child’s life is the most cost-effective way to reduce global inequality.

What is the Big Bet? To create a thousand-day life care package which secures that children get the best start in life. Research suggests that investing in the first three years of a child’s life will play a huge impact in reducing inequality. Countries need to guarantee access to basic healthcare, they need to ensure adequate nutrition and they need to rethink their early childhood development policies and services.

Why is there a need for this Big Bet? In 2015, 5.9 children under the age of five died. 83% of the deaths were caused by infectious, neonatal or nutritional conditions. Studies show that intervening at a young age has impact on productivity and health later in life and this can help fight inequality between children from different backgrounds.

What could be the effect of the Big Bet? The bet could ensure a higher living standard for children all over the world. Not only could the percentage of child mortality be reduced, but it would also mean a more equal starting point for children all over the world.

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A Thousand-Day Plan to Level the Playing Field for All Children
A Thousand-Day Plan to Level the Playing Field for All Children
Luis Alberto Moreno
Luis Alberto Moreno
Luis Alberto Moreno has been the President of Inter-American Development Bank and has had a distinguished career in the public and private sectors.