‘Plumpynut’ to the Rescue
Posted on Oct 27, 2007
The Doctors Without Borders relief organization has whipped up an ingenious (and, apparently, tasty) lifesaving food product called Plumpynut, a nutritionally enriched mixture of peanut butter, powdered milk and sugar, along with other simple ingredients—and it’s already working wonders on malnourished children around the world.
“It’s a revolution in nutritional affairs,” says Dr. Milton Tectonidis, the chief nutritionist for Doctors Without Borders.
“Now we have something. It is like an essential medicine. In three weeks, we can cure a kid that is looked like they’re half dead. We can cure them just like an antibiotic. It’s just, boom! It’s a spectacular response,” Dr. Tectonidis says.
“It’s the equivalent of penicillin, you’re saying?” Cooper asks.
“For these kids, for sure,” the doctor says.
Moms on the march: African mothers bring their children to a Plumpynut dispensing site in Niger.