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 $69 can provide a child with six weeks' 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.  In 2016, 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.

Give a gift with real impact

Here's a great way to show someone you love just how much you appreciate their care: deliver a UNICEF Inspired Gift in their honor. Inspired Gifts are real, life-saving supplies delivered to where they are most needed.

A gift of therapeutic food could help UNICEF teams in every corner of the world bring children back to health from deadly malnutrition. Shop the Inspired Gift catalogue today.

Here’s how it works:

1. Purchase a UNICEF Inspired Gift. From therapeutic food to clean water, school supplies to vaccinations, we have something for everyone.
2. A personalised card will be sent to your loved one telling them about the life-saving impact they're making.
3. Real supplies will be dispatched from a UNICEF warehouse to wherever they're most needed.

There's no better way to show someone how much you appreciate everything they've done to make your life better. Buy one instantly to make someone's day and forever change the lives of vulnerable children.