Coverage of the famine in South Sudan and ongoing food shortages in Somalia, Nigeria, and Yemen is reaching world news platforms, and critical large-scale humanitarian resources have been engaged (thanks to the World Food Program). But there can never be “too much” awareness, and to that end, it’s time to raise public consciousness about potential solutions for malnutrition.
The Demand for Lifesaving Nutritional Resources is High
Right now there are hundreds of thousands of children in East Africa at risk of starvation. Humanitarian aid workers are struggling to reach the most isolated communities, and some have even been attacked and killed while trying to render aid. Resources and boots on the ground are spread extremely thin. The more organizations that are willing to get involved, the more we can help.
One of our suppliers, Edesia, is at the front of the movement to protect children in crisis from the devastating effects of malnutrition. With their innovative line of specially-formulated, ready-to-use food (RTUF), we can provide proper nutrition to children of all ages. (Editor’s note: These RTUF’s are not intended for use in the U.S.)
Nutrition for Malnourished Children
Plumpy’Nut: Plumpy’Nut is a ready-to-use, therapeutic food designed to deliver all the vital nutrients young children who have been diagnosed with severe acute malnutrition need. It’s formulated for children six months of age and older. With its high-energy peanut-base, an average of three packets of Plumpy’Nut per day with clean water or breastmilk will replace a child’s diet during treatment, which usually lasts 7-10 weeks. There are 150 packets of Plumpy’Nut in each box, therefore at least one, sometimes two, boxes are required for the average child receiving the treatment.
Plumpy’Sup: Plumpy’Sup is a ready-to-use supplemental food for children six months to five years old who have been diagnosed with moderate acute malnutrition. Plumpy’Sup is designed to work as part of a targeted feeding program and support structured, whole nutrition. As a supplement, this product helps to give malnourished children critical micro and macro nutrients that promote recovery and healing from the effects of an insufficient diet. The average child receiving nutritional supplementation with Plumpy’Sup needs one packet per day for 7-10 weeks. There are 150 packets per box.
Plumpy’Doz: Plumpy’Doz is a lipid-based nutrient supplement designed to protect children six months of age and older from acute malnutrition. It includes crucial nutrients that growing bodies need to avoid malnutrition when protein and calorie intake is deficient (which is common for children in areas affected by food insecurity). Plumpy’Doz should be used as part of a monitored nutrition program to ensure continuous and reliable supplementation.
Nutrition for Moms and Infants at Risk of Malnutrition
Enov’Mum: Enov’Mum is a lipid-based nutritional supplement which can prevent malnutrition in pregnant and lactating mothers (which in turn helps their babies). The Enov’Mum supplement is not a meal replacement but does provide micro and macro nutrients to fill nutritional gaps in the diets of pregnant and nursing mothers and support healthy fetus and infant development.
Enov’Nutributter: Enov’Nutributter is also lipid-based supplement designed to prevent stunting and promote growth and healthy development in children between 6 and 24 months old. Nutributter should be given to children as part of a structured nutrition program and is not a meal replacement.
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