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The World Health Organization’s Community-Based Management of Severe Acute Malnutrition
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…but severe acute malnutrition is preventable. And it’s curable.

A six-week supply of MANA* brings a malnourished toddler back from the edge. Usually, for good.

Several years ago in Africa, a fortified peanut butter product – Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) –  was developed that significantly reduces the number of deaths resulting from severe acute malnutrition.

RUTF, such as MANA, is a game changer.

  • Field doctors prescribe and distribute it.
  • Mothers can take it back home to administer it, away from the disease in the hunger ward.
  • Malnourished children digest and process it better than grains.
  • Back home quickly, a mother can provide for her other children as she nurses her weakened child back to health.

This community-based approach using MANA will prevent the deaths of millions of children, worldwide.

Best of all, studies show that once a child is brought back with a full course of RUTF, they stay strong enough to avoid a relapse into severe acute malnutrition.

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*What is MANA? And what is RUTF, for that matter?