Foundation for Mother and Child Health

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.

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1 thought on “Foundation for Mother and Child Health

  1. I have liked the person Rosie Penrhyn Jones has for children in the world and the unique approach towards child health which is curative and preventive rather than reactive. Great approach! I am a founder of a non for profit community based organisation called “Every Mother-Every Child”. It focuses on mother, child and adolescent health both at community and health facility level.

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