Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Plumpy-nut!!

I have recently heard about a new miracle cure for malnourished children. It is touted to be as important a breakthrough as penicillin. Its name is Plumpy-Nut and it is a simple concoction of peanut butter, powdered milk, powdered sugar, minerals and vitamins. This creamy paste is highly nutritious, calorie-packed, and has a shelf life of two years. This is important because refrigeration is non-existent in the areas where this product is needed most. It is given as an outpatient regimen and yields results in days after treatment begins. It is currently being produced in four African nations (including Ethiopia), and is extremely cost effective(less than a dollar a day per patient). To further educate you on this product and its success here is a link to a 60 Minutes interview with Anderson Cooper. Also here is a website for more information on Plumpy-Nut.

2 comments:

Susan said...

That is interesting. While it is a much better alternative than starvation, I wonder if this will produce a lot of peanut-allergic kids like we have here? Thanks for sharing the story!

~Susan

Dietrich & Amy Lusse said...

Can't wait to go to the "nutter fluff" factory with you!!! hahaha
Amy