The Challenge

Malnutrition is the number one cause of childhood death in the world, killing more children than malaria, tuberculosis and HIV combined. Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) is the most lethal form of malnutrition for children under five, resulting in two million preventable deaths every year.

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The Solution

There is an innovative yet simple cure for SAM -- a nutritionally fortified peanut butter -- called ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF). With a proven efficacy of 95% in curing SAM, it is twice as effective as traditional hospitalization. And because treatment occurs at home, it is more affordable, and families are able to continue with their everyday lives. It has become the treatment of choice used by international aid organizations such as UNICEF and the World Health Organization.

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Our Approach

We are taking the RUTF solution to the next level by developing local capabilities rather than relying on imports. Our approach is distinctly entrepreneurial and collaborative. We work with in-country partners to help build manufacturing facilities and distribution systems for RUTF. When RUTF is produced in the countries where it is needed, it bolsters the local economy. So at the same time we're helping save children's lives, we are helping create a better future by investing in and empowering women, families and communities.

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