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New Mothers Need Good Nutrition, Education

“The dreams of new mothers are similar all around the world. Some of the details may vary at the edges, but at the center is a good education,” Roger Thurow, senior fellow for global agriculture and food policy at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, writes in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog. “And critical to a good education is good nutrition, particularly in the 1,000 days from the time a woman becomes pregnant through the child’s second birthday,” he states, noting, “Any nutritional deficiencies — either from lack of food or a bad diet, or from parasites which deprive the body of the nutrients — delay the brain’s development, sometimes irreparably” (11/25).