|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
| • Since 2000, hundreds of thousands of children have been treated and cured using the Community-based
Therapeutic Care (CTC) model and ready-to-use foods.
• Between 2001 and 2005, Valid International studied the cases of 23,511 severely malnourished children
treated in twenty one CTC programmes operating in Malawi, Ethiopia and Sudan.
• In these programmes, recovery rates were 79.4%, case fatality rates were 4.1%, and default rates were
11.0% (5.5% lost to follow up).
• The results on all of these parameters are significantly better than the SPHERE internationally recognised standards.
• Of these severely malnourished children, 74% were treated as outpatients.
• Outpatient costs are significantly lower than inpatient treatment, allowing a better use of resources and enabling
help to be delivered to more children.
• Average coverage rates (proportion of those needing care who are treated) for nine of these programmes was
72.5%, substantially higher than coverage rates seen in comparable centre-based programmes which are often less than 10%.