1000 Days Life Program Launched by UNiCEF and Korean Government

The first 1,000 Days of Life Program to benefit 40,000 children under 5 years of age and 57,000 pregnant/lactating women in Samar, Northern Samar and Zamboanga del Norte. 

Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and UN children's agency UNICEF in the partnership with Department of Health and National Nutrition Council have launched an integrated nutrition and health program targeting the first 1,000 days of life benefit of vulnerable children and women in Samar, Northern Samar, and Zamboanga del Norte.

The support from KOICA is amounting to $6 million and targets 19 local government units in three provinces, two from Region VIII and one from Region IX. It was expected to be 12,000 infants from 0-5 months old, 36,000 6-23 months old and 57,000 pregnant and lactating women.

The National level support was expected to reach an estimated 14 million children under 5 years old including acutely malnourished children, premature newborns, 3.5 million estimated pregnant women and 3 million lactating women in the 17 regions across the country.

It was aims to establish a more respobsive enabling policy environment at the national and local level that will support the maternal, infant and child nutrition and health in the first 1,000 days while the second is to strengthen the systems fir the delivery of quality and comprehensive nutrition abd health services and lastly, is to improve knowledge, attitudes and practices of pregnant women, mothers abd caregivers in tge 19 project areas on maternal and child nutrition and health.

The First 1000 days Law or the Kalusugan and Nutrisyon ng Mag-Nanay Act was approved in the end of 2018 and heralds the beginning of more concerted efforts by the national and local government, donors, and civil society.

For further information, please contact:

Ms. PAIK Seunghwa, Assistant Country Director, KOICA, Mobile: +63917-800-3058, philippines@koica.go.kr
Ms. Michelle Apostol, MD, Health Specialist, KOICA, Mobile: +63905-462-2356, philippines@koica.go.kr
Ms. Zafrin Chowdhury, Chief of Communication, UNICEF Philippines, Mobile: +63 917 867 8366, zchowdhury@unicef.org
Ms. Marge Francia, Communication Officer, UNICEF Philippines, Mobile: +63 917 858 9447, mfrancia@unicef.org

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