Meds & Food for Kids treats and prevents malnutrition through locally produced peanut-based fortified foods (Ready to Use Foods).
22% of Haiti’s children under five, or ~220’000, are considered “underweight” and 8.5% are considered “wasting”. Haiti has the highest under-five mortality rate and the highest number of under-five deaths in the Western Hemisphere at 86/1’000 and 26’000/year respectively. This is equivalent to ~70 preventable deaths per day. Inpatient treatments for malnutrition in Haiti are ineffective, expensive, and unfeasible to scale.
Meds & Food for Kids (MFK) treats and prevents malnutrition in Haiti by producing fortified peanut-based foods known as Ready to Use Foods (RUFs), which outperform previously existing treatments and are 8 to 15-times cheaper than in-hospital treatment. MFK products are made in Haiti, with Haitian labor, and whenever possible, with Haitian raw materials, which contributes to agricultural development and long-term food security.
MFK combats malnutrition with an easily accessible, affordable product while providing livelihood opportunities through local production facilities.
|# tons of RUFs produced p.a.||63||73||65||385||655||756|
|# of children treated p. a.||6'200||7'381||6'500||38'000||65'500||75'600|