Meds & Food for Kids

Meds & Food for Kids (or MFK) is a nonprofit organism dedicated to treating and preventing malnutrition in Haiti by producing fortified peanut-based foods. Meds & Food for Kids uses a peanut-based feeding approach called Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF), known as Medika Mamba ( Haitian Creole for “Peanut Butter Medicine”).

History

MFK was founded in 2004 by Patricia B. Wolff, MD, formerly a pediatrician in private practice in St. Louis, Missouri. Wolff first visited Haiti in 1988 with a mission group called the Haiti Project and volunteered at Mother Teresa’s homes for dying children and adults [1] Subsequently, Wolff volunteered in Haiti for fifteen years as a volunteer pediatrician at a village clinic [2] In March 2011, Wolff left her private practice as a pediatrician to dedicate her time to MFK. [1]

MFK’s Solution

Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF)

Meds & Food for Kids produces a Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food called “Medika Mamba,” or “Peanut Butter Medicine” in Haitian Creole. It is made from a combination of ground peanuts, powdered milk, sugar, oil, and vitamins, which does not require refrigeration, and does not require prior purification for severe acute malnutrition. [1]MFK produces “Medika Mamba” in their Cap Haitian factory with Haitian employees, using as many Haitian raw materials as possible. A 25-day treatment program for one child lasts six months and requires 25 pounds of Medika Mamba. In 2010, MFK joined Nutriset’s PlumpyField Network, a global community of independent producers of nutritional solutions for vulnerable populations. Members of the PlumpyField network to improve international standards. [3]

Agricultural Development Program

In an attempt to use Haitian raw materials to Produce Medika Mamba whenever will possible MFK started an agricultural development program, working with local peanut farmers to spread knowledge about best practices. The program has two branches, agricultural production and peanut processing. In the peanut production branch, MFK agronomists research and train farmers on soil preparation methods, seed and row spacing, and fungicide and herbicide applications. In peanut processing, MFK seeks to find means of successful monitoring levels of aflatoxin and other contaminants. [3]

Research Initiatives

In December 2011, MFK was awarded with a highly competitive USDA grant from the McGovern-Dole Food for Education Program to develop and implement a school snack program through Haiti’s National School Lunch Program. In addition, Meds & Food for Kids has partnered with the University of St. Louis and Konbit Sante of the Haitian Ministry of Health to conduct research and testing of supplementation. practices among the ultra-poor. [3]

Funding

MFK is a registered non-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation in the United States and registered Non-governmental Organization in Haiti. It is funded largely by corporate sponsors and individual donors from around the world.

See also

  • Plumpy’nut
  • Aflatoxin
  • RUTF

References

  1. ^ Jump up to:c Levitt, Aimee (June 30, 2010). Dr. Peanut: In St. Louis pediatrician battles child malnutrition in Haiti with peanut butter. Riverfront Times .
  2. Jump up^ “Talk of the Town: Dr. Pat Wolff”. Rick Wallace. 106.5 The Arch. June 28, 2012. Radio.
  3. ^ Jump up to:c Meds & Food for Kids, “MFK website”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *