|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
| • The dramatic improvements in impact created by the Community-based Therapeutic Care (CTC) model in combination
with ready-to-use foods (RUFs) have led to a universal agreement that CTC is now the preferred intervention approach
for the treatment of malnutrition.
• In 2005, a special consultation of the World Health Organisation (WHO) formally endorsed the principles behind CTC and
a Joint Statement written by the major UN agencies was published clearly recommending the technique.
• “Implementation of these community-based interventions on a large scale with strengthening of referral facilities for severely malnourished children with complications could transform the lives of millions of these children.” (WHO, UNICEF and SCN).
• The CTC principles will be incorporated in the revised version of the WHO Guidelines for the treatment of severe