MANA (Mother Administered Nutritive Aid, http://www.mananutrition.org) plans to establish RUTF production in Rwanda by the end of 2010 to serve at least 20,000 children per year. RUTF is part of the globally-endorsed protocol for the treatment of severe acute malnutrition as detailed in a joint statement by the World Health Organization, World Food Programme, UNICEF, and the UN System Standing Committee on Nutrition. A six-week regimen of RUTF has proven highly effective in treating children with severe acute malnutrition.
Bret Raymond, MANA co-founder and Chief Operating Officer, commented, "We are very thankful for this generous commitment. RUTF is a critical component of Rwanda's National Nutrition Protocol, and we're excited to support the Ministry of Health's plans and activities for improving the health and nutritional status of many children. We look forward to participating in the amazing story of Rwanda."
While the $250,000 commitment moves MANA much closer to Rwanda, additional funding is still needed. "We are working to raise an additional $500,000 for the start-up and operational costs," Raymond remarked. "This is a sustainable business venture with many social benefits. Over three years, we aim to serve at least 60,000 children with RUTF, create several jobs, and support local agricultural production. In the long-run, we expect to see a significant decrease in malnutrition rates in Rwanda as we, together with many others across several fields, work to address the root causes of malnutrition."
For more information, please visit the MANA website at http://www.mananutrition.org.
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About MANA: MANA (Mother Administered Nutritive Aid) is working to put more life-saving and life-sustaining products in the hands and mouths of those who need it. They are doing this in a way that fosters long-term development while tackling the tough problems that face the world today. MANA's approach relies heavily upon many people and organizations that possess the passion and determination to join the fight against malnutrition. MANA's headquarters are in Bentonville, Arkansas, and the company also has an office in the Washington, DC area.