“A Famine Looms”

Baby at Concern Worldwide's treatment center. Photo from Jenny Matthews, Concern Worldwide.

The New York Times recently published “A Famine Looms in Niger.”  In this personal account, Shawn Baker, regional director for Africa of Helen Keller International, reflects upon the tragedy of starvation in Niger and how Plumpy’nut is vital in malnutrition relief.  Below is an excerpt from this eye-opening piece:

“On the positive side, the advent of ready-to-use therapeutic foods, such as the peanut butter-based Plumpy’nut, has transformed our ability to treat acute malnutrition. We have gone from depending on a high-cost, highly-centralized intervention to using an easily portable product and service (this is huge when you consider the number of hard-to-reach communities and rural health centers).”

To read the rest of Shawn’s hopes and reflections on Niger, follow this link: http://kristof.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/08/09/a-famine-looms-in-niger/


2 responses to this post.

  1. Thanks so much for posting Shawn’s blog about the Niger Food Crisis on your blog. And thank you for helping raise awareness about the dire situation in Niger, and that there are solutions – like Plumpy’nut – that can help treat malnourished children.


  2. Thank you so much Maggie! I really appreciate your feedback and interest in Plumpy’nut 🙂


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