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PROGRAM FIRST 1000 DAYS OF LIFE

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INTRODUCTION

“First 1000 Days of Life” is the period starting from early pregnancy until the child reaches two years of age. Proper healthcare during this period is very important and is seen as a “golden opportunity” to reduce the risk of various non-communicable diseases such as diabetes later in life. This period is found to be very critical for the growth and health of children where healthy children are determinant to the formation of a healthy generation. Therefore, the Ministry of Health in collaboration with government agencies and non-governmental organizations are committed to ensuring healthcare of mothers and children, particularly during the first 1,000 days of life by strengthening programs and initiatives either at health facilities’ or communities’ levels

OBJECTIVE

To bring awareness to healthcare personnel and the general public about the importance of proper healthcare during the first 1,000 days of life towards a healthy generation.

FURTHER INQUIRIES, PLEASE CONTACT:

Mrs. Norlela Mohd Husin
lela@moh.gov.my
03-88924454

Mrs. Noriza Zakaria
norizaz@moh.gov.my
03-88924513

ACTIVITIES HELD

Implement and strengthen activities related to existing Maternal and Child services at the clinics.

Monitor related indicators based on the following key messages:

  • All pregnant women should receive first antenatal check before 12 weeks of pregnancy
  • All pregnant women must ensure maintaining the haemoglobin level of at least 11gm% during pregnancy
  • All pregnant women need to ensure proper weight gain in accordance with period of pregnancy
  • All pregnant women need to ensure teeth and gums are in healthy and good condition
  • All mothers are encouraged to breastfeed their children with breast milk from birth to 6 months of age, continuing until the age of 2 years. Complementary foods should be given starting from 6 months of age
  • All children must be immunized according to schedule starting from birth up to 18 months.
  • All children must have periodic health services to ensure adequate assessment and guidance on growth and development, nutritional status and overall health level are obtained
  • Commence dental checks at clinics for children as young as 1 year old.