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Missions of Love, Inc. has developed a community-based malnutrition program for the treatment of moderate to severe malnutrition in Haitian children ages 1 to 5. Manba is the Kreyol word for peanut butter. Production of the high calorie, high protein Manba began on May 5, 2007.
This fortified peanut butter paste is categorized as a Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF). The RUTF paste is a mixture of milk powder, vegetable oil, sugar, roasted and ground peanuts, and powdered vitamin and minerals. Manba for Malnutrition (MFM) is resistant to bacterial contamination under all climatic conditions due to its low water content and does not require cooking or refrigeration. It may be served on bread, rice or eaten alone.
Malnutrition is a medical disorder caused by a lack of proper nutrition or an inability to absorb nutrients from food. Chronic malnutrition weakens the body’s resistance to disease and leaves a child more vulnerable to common sickness such as diarrhea and respiratory infection. The under-5 infant mortality rate for Haiti is 123 per 1000 births. Since young children’s bodies are still developing, chronic malnutrition can stunt growth and intellectual development. The malnutrition and illness can become a dangerous cycle that can eventually be fatal.
Children between the ages of 1 and 5 years with a body weight less than 85% of standard weight for height will be eligible for the MFM program through Jolivert Clinic. The initial visit will include a physical exam and lab work to screen for parasites and anemia. The child will receive medical treatment as needed. Families will be educated that MFM is not a food but a medical treatment intended only for the specific child suffering from malnutrition and not to be shared among family members. The caregiver will receive instruction on identification of high-protein foods, the Jolivert Safe Water Program ( www.jolivert.org), and instruction on personal hygiene and sanitation. A two-week supply of Manba will be dispensed and the child will be scheduled to return to the clinic in two weeks. Children should reach their goal weight after 6 to 8 weeks of treatment.
The majority of ingredients for MFM are purchased from the Northwest region of Haiti thus supporting the area commerce. A local production worker, Miss Pauline, manufactures the Manba on the Missions of Love property. The estimated cost to treat a child for malnutrition is about $70 US. Please consider making a donation today that could save the life of a child in Northwest Haiti tomorrow.
Karen Becher, RD – Project Coordinator/US
Christophe Velcine, Project Coordinator/Haiti
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