|Ready-to-Use Foods (RUFs) are highly fortified, oil-based nutrient dense pastes specifically
designed for the treatment of malnutrition. They are made from varying combinations of grains,
pulses and seeds, milk powder, sugar, oil, vitamins and minerals. They are precooked and
ready to eat straight from the pack. Click here to view more
|Community-based Therapeutic Care|
involved the collection and analysis of data from scores of programs and tens of thousands of patients, as well as medical
and nutritional research and anthropological studies. The research highlighted that:
- Effective patient treatment must be embedded in a practical model of delivery and social mobilisation.
- Programmes must be designed so that people can access treatment early.
- Nutrition interventions need to be integrated with agricultural production.
innovative principles behind CTC are:
- Provision of safe, effective therapeutic food for people to use at home, rather than costly treatment
in inpatient centres.
- Working with communities to help the communities identify cases of malnutrition and to encourage
early presentation before patients become critically ill.
- Delivery of therapeutic food through existing structures, reducing costs through integration of the
treatment of malnutrition into health structures.