Thursday, February 05, 2009

Food Supplement Reduces Malnutrition

A recent study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) shows that children who receive a supplement in addition to their meals are 60% less likely to progress to severe malnutrition. Ready-to-use food (RUF) is recommended by the UN not only as a treatment for malnutrition, but also as a prevention technique. Since RUF is relatively expensive, similar energy fortified supplements are currently being researched. Large scale distributions of such foods will help prevent severe malnutrition of hundreds of thousands of children.
Source: Doctors Without Borders