Securing a child’s future in the first 1,000 days of his/her life – from conception itself
Located near the infamous Arthur Road Jail, the Foundation for Mother and Child Health’s (FMCH) main programme is quite a foresight-ful one. The organisation fights malnutrition by making efforts that start right at the beginning: from pregnancy! As they believe that a child’s future can be secured in the first 1,000 days from conception itself. “If a child has good nutrition from conception until his/her second birthday, s/he will grow healthily and his/her brain will develop to full potential. This is important to give children a good future. Without proper nutrition during this time, the brain will not develop properly, and the child may be stunted (short) with chronic malnutrition,” says Rosie Penrhyn Jones, co-chair of the UK arm of the organisation.
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How it all began
Rosie Penrhyn Jones is the co-chair of Foundation for Mother and Child Health UK, which was originally initiated in Indonesia.
Rosie was born in Australia and grew up in the UK, where she trained as a nurse. In the late 1990s, at the age of 38, she moved to Indonesia with her husband and two young children. Visa constraints prevented her from working as a nurse. She thus decided to volunteer her time with a social project in South Jakarta, where her knowledge and skills could be used for the benefit of the community.