What’s inside this plastic wrapper has saved millions of children.

It’s not your ordinary peanut butter. It’s called Plumpy’nut, also known as Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food. 
 
Many call it the magical product. It‘s a high-energy peanut paste containing sugar, vegetable oil and skimmed milk powder, and enriched with vitamins and minerals. 
 
Plumpy’Nut is used to treat severe acute malnutrition in young children. Only three sachets a day for six to eight weeks can be all it takes to save a child’s life. In times of famine, drought, or flood, Plumpy’Nut is a true lifesaver.
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Changing the world one Plumpy’Nut at a time


Plumpy’Nut has transformed the worldwide treatment of severe acute malnutrition - a major cause of death in children under five globally.

It is easy to use, store and doesn't need to be mixed with water, which is often scarce when drought hits. It is also inexpensive: just $13 can provide a child with a week’s worth of this therapeutic food.

But perhaps the best part about Plumpy’Nut is that it's enabled parents to treat their children right in their homes, rather than only in hospitals. And with UNICEF’s support, community health workers are being trained to identify symptoms of severe acute malnutrition in children.

UNICEF is the world’s largest buyer of therapeutic food, procuring an incredible 80% of the world’s emergency supplies. We work with partners to urgently manage the treatment of millions of children suffering from severe acute malnutrition every year.

Plumpy’Nut has meant the difference between life and death for millions of children like Nyajime.

We first met four-year-old Nyajime in a medical clinic in Juba, South Sudan. She was one of over 250,000 children with severe acute malnutrition - a result of prolonged conflict that devastated food supplies across the country.
 
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UNICEF had responded to the crisis by supporting life-saving treatment for severely malnourished children.

With UNICEF’s support, Nyajime began therapeutic feeding to alleviate her malnutrition and drugs to combat her tuberculosis.

Within two weeks, Nyajime had seized a second chance at life and doctors expected her to make a full recovery with continued treatment.
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There are many more stories like Nyajime’s.  Last year, UNICEF treated 182,545 children in South Sudan for severe acute malnutrition and the overwhelming majority made a full recovery.

Therapeutic food is an incredible advancement which has literally changed the world. However there's still so much to be done, and many more children to reach.


Stand by children facing famine.


Children are currently facing an unprecedented food crisis. Famine has been officially declared in parts of South Sudan, and Somalia, Nigeria and Yemen are dangerously close.

UNICEF is right there on the ground with children and families, providing emergency therapeutic food, water, immunisations and medical support.   

While we’re treating thousands of children, a staggering 1.4 million children are still severely malnourished and in urgent need of therapeutic food.

Time is running out but you can help make a difference.  

Your donation to UNICEF will have a life-changing impact for a child facing famine right now.

You will help replenish our supplies of Plumpy’Nut and other therapeutic food to bring severely malnourished children back to health, fast

You will help our teams reach more children with emergency supplies in the most remote areas across those four countries.

Your donation today will bring hope to children. Because every time we help save a child's life, there's hope.
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