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The First 1000 Days - A South Island report for the Hauora Alliance

A growing body of evidence confirms that experiences during the first 1000 days, the period from conception until a child’s second birthday, have a far-reaching impact on health, educational, and social outcomes, and on health equity.

New Zealand now ranks poorly compared to other high-income countries against several measures of child health and wellbeing, and our rate of public spending on young children is low, despite evidence that prevention and intervention strategies in early childhood are a good investment.  To support planning for action, this report has used a life-stage approach by grouping key determinants into those focused on pre-conception, pregnancy, and early years (0-2 years), with the final group, wider determinants, important across all three life stages.

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