Plumpy’Nut® is a Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food endorsed by the World Health Organization to treat severe acute malnutrition in just six weeks at home, without hospitalization. UNICEF organizes a complete family support program, monitoring each child’s progress and providing nutrition and health counseling. Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Foods are, where possible, made in their country of need using regional crops. This provides a double stimulus to the local economy, bringing empowerment and hope to the community. MSC and UNICEF have partnered to deliver Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food in crisis and emergency situations worldwide.
ORGANIZATION: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund.
COUNTRIES: Least developed countries and countries in crisis and post-crisis situations.
PROJECT: Save children’s lives using Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food like Plumpy’Nut®. Therapeutic foods are complete dietary solutions used to treat severe malnutrition when ordinary foods would be ineffective or carry risks.
PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Highly-fortified peanut-based complete food that’s ready to be eaten direct from the sachet without cooking or adding water, so it can be given to children in any situation.
AGES: From as young as 6 months old and up.
STRATEGY: Deliver Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food to children, supporting their families with medical monitoring plus nutrition and health counselling in their communities.
GOAL: $2,250,000 in three years.