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Meds & Food for Kids

Meds & Food for Kids treats and prevents malnutrition through locally produced peanut-based fortified foods (Ready to Use Foods).

Facts

Investee Meds & Food for Kids (MFK), founded 2004
Location Haiti
Sector Health
Funding period 2011-2015
Funding type Grant
Website https://mfkhaiti.org/about-mfk/

 

Impact

Context

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.

Solution

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.

Impact depth

MFK combats malnutrition with an easily accessible, affordable product while providing livelihood opportunities through local production facilities.

Impact Reach 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014e
# 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