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.