NPR: The Peanut Butter Cure Moves from Hospital to Snack Room

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Renande Raphael, aged 16 months, is measured to check whether she is growing normally. As part of a new trial, she’s receiving an extra daily snack of enriched peanut butter.

“Just over a decade ago, a French doctor invented a treatment for severely malnourished children that had a revolutionary, life-saving impact.

It’s basically peanut butter with some added ingredients: dried milk, oil, sugar, and essential minerals and vitamins.

It’s been so successful that some public health officials now are pushing to expand its use. It wouldn’t just be a treatment to save a life, but a snack to keep kids healthy in the first place.”

Read or listen to the full NPR story about RUTFs like MANA, here.

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