Thursday, September 25, 2008

Plumpy'nut Saves Lives

Plumpy'nut has the ability to save life after life after life.

Sounds like superhero, doesn't it?

The people who've created Plumpy'nut should qualify for Superhero status.

There are many people honoring their commitments and showing results here at the 2008 Clinton Global Initiative, and supplying Plumpy'nut to children who'd literally starve to their deaths in other circumstances is just one of the ways that those making commitments to global health are making a positive impact.

Plumpy'nut is a high protein and high energy peanut-based paste in a foil wrapper. It tastes slightly sweeter than peanut butter. It is categorized by the World Health Organization as a Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF).

Plumpy’nut requires no preparation or special supervision, making it easy to deploy in difficult conditions. Plumpy'nut is very difficult to overeat and keeps even after opening. It has a 2 year shelf life when unopened. The product was inspired by the popular Nutella spread (one of my personal favorites).

How does it save lives? The New York Times has reported that Plumpy'nut is administered in 500 kilocalorie packets, twice daily, for two to four weeks, in combination with Unimix, a vitamin-enriched flour for making porridge, and has been shown, by saved life after saved beautiful life, to reverse malnutrition in severely malnourished children.

Plumpy'nut has saved lives in places like Niger and Cambodia. Its creator is Andre Briend.

See this video about Plumpy'nut.

Read this story about the little miracle in a foil wrapper.