June 5, 2012 in Simple Compassion
Photo Credit: World Vision
I got introduced to this amazing company and product through World Vision. I have seen packets of Plumpy’Nut on Samaritan’s purse movies. I am sure lots more organizations use it, but I went to the source to figure out what it is. Turns out it has been around for a while but I hadn’t heard of it.
It is amazing!
A company in Rhode Island called Edesia Global Nutrition Solutions, started by a stay-at-home mom, is creating packets of lifesaving food for kids. It is specifically for young kids (up to 5 or 6 I think) who are at the greatest risk of starvation. It is prepackaged peanut butter mixed with minerals, vitamins, and milk powder. They are easy to eat for little kids. No choking hazards and only a few bites packed with everything the need. They say that two packets a day for two weeks can nourish and bring back to health a starving kid. They need no water to mix with, no refrigeration, and have a shelf life of two years. It is simple enough for mothers to administer themselves at home.
“…as big a development as penicillin, and is widely credited with single-handedly lowering mortality rates from famine in Africa.”
Here is NBC’s report on it:
here is the link
Awesome isn’t it?
- Here is a link to news covering their product
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- Check out their website
- Tell your friends
Such a big problem, but such a simple and effective solution. This is only emergency solution and many great organizations (like World Vision noted above) are helping with long term solutions. A brilliant use for science and technology. Exciting to see and contribute to. Thanks for reading