In 1999, Dr. Mark Manary, a pediatrician, went on a 10-week-long trip to Malawi, one of the places hardest hit by malnutrition. When he arrived, malnourished children were being hospitalized and treated with fortified milk. However, only 25-40% of children recovered.
Dr. Manary knew something had to change. He started collaborating with a friend at Nutriset, a French-based company known for their development of the first Ready to Use Therapeutic Foods (RUTFs). Together, they developed a nutrient-dense peanut butter paste that provides children with severe acute malnutrition the specific, high-quality nutrition they needed to survive and recover at a rate of 95%.
World of Children funding allowed Dr. Manary to expand his program to serve children in Sierra Leone. Since then, Project Peanut Butter has reached an estimated 100,000 children. Read more >>
Dr. Mark Manary won a 2007 World of Children Health Award. For more information, visit www.projectpeanutbutter.org.