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 conflict, Plumpy’Nut® is a true lifesaver. 
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A gift that can save lives

There is no better way to show someone how much
hey mean to you than purchasing a life-saving gift this Christmas. 

Just $65 can provide a child with six weeks' worth of
this therapeutic food. This miracle peanut paste
Plumpy’Nut® can bring a child back from severe
malnutrition, fast. In times of famine, drought, or conflict
this emergency food is a true lifesaver.


Jenty’s journey to recovery  

We first met 11-month-old Jenty in a nutrition centre in South Sudan. She is one of more than 4.4 million children in need of humanitarian assistance across the country due to prolonged conflict, climate change and food insecurity.  

“It started with her having diarrhoea for several days,” says her mother, Margret. “She couldn’t keep what we were giving her, and she got malnourished.” 

Margret took Jenty to a UNICEF-supported nutrition centre where she was diagnosed with severe acute malnutrition and has been part of the program for four weeks. 

"[Jenty] very quickly got her energy back.
You can see how much she likes it."
“Jenty didn’t have much energy back then,” says Margret. “She was given ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF), and very quickly she got her energy back. You can see how much she likes it.” 

Jenty is already a changed child who has energy to play and interact with people. She will continue to receive RUTF until the tape shows green and she has fully recovered. 

There are many more stories like Jenty’s. In 2021, UNICEF treated more than 172,000 children in South Sudan for severe acute malnutrition. 

Without this critical support, the brutal reality is that more lives would have ended before they have really begun. Please help us continue this life-saving work by purchaing a UNICEF Inspired Gift today. 
Jenty is held by her mother at a nutrition centre in South Sudan eating ready-to-use therapeutic food. © UNICEF/UN0372533/Ryeng

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 $65 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 per cent 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 Jenty. 
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. 
Jenty and her mother in the play area at a UNICEF-supported nutrition centre in Yambio. © UNICEF/UN0372513/Ryeng

Give a gift with real impact 

Help deliver some much-needed hope and happiness to vulnerable communities across the globe this Christmas. UNICEF Inspired Gifts are real, life-saving supplies delivered to where they are most needed. 
If you're looking at charity gifts for Christmas, consider purchasing a therapeutic food gift that 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.
Your Christmas gift for a loved one can bring joy, nutrition or education to a child in need. Buy one instantly to make someone's day and forever change the lives of vulnerable children.
A baby is eating Plumpy’Nut® in the South of Chad. © UNICEF/UN0469311/Dejongh