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|Valid Nutrition manufactures a range of highly fortified nutritional pastes for the prevention and
treatment of malnutrition. These products are made in the countries and regions in which they are needed,
thereby stimulating the local economy as well as providing life-saving products at affordable prices.
|Ready-to-Use Foods 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. As they are oil-based, bacteria cannot grow in ready-to-use foods which can be stored safely for up to one year without the need for refrigeration. In a resource poor setting, these products are literally life-savers!
Ready-to-use foods fall into four main categories of nutritional supplements and complements as follows:
• Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) - targeting severe acute malnutrition in children and adults.
• Ready-to-Use Complementary Food (RUCF) - targeting chronic malnutrition among young children (under 5 years of age).
• Ready-to-Use Supplementary Food (RUSF) - targeting moderate malnutrition in children and adults.
• Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food for HIV patients (RUTF-H) targeting acute malnutrition among HIV-infected adults.
At present, Valid Nutrition’s main product is milk-peanut formula ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF) based upon standard UN guidelines. However, Valid Nutrition are also involved in the manufacture of a chickpea sesame recipe ready-to-use food (RUF) that has been demonstrated to be effective in the treatment of severe acute malnutrition (SAM) associated with HIV in adults (Bahwere P, Sadler K, Collins S. Acceptability and effectiveness of Chickpea sesame-based ready-to-use therapeutic food in malnourished HIV-positive adults. (PPA) Patient Preferences and Adherence. (Mar 2009)).
Lowering the cost, expanding the range of ready-to-use foods into products designed for the prevention of chronic malnutrition and improving integration with agricultural development activities, are central elements in VN’s strategy. Valid Nutrition currently has new recipes undergoing extensive field trials. These new recipes substitute much of the milk powder that forms the basis of the standard milk-peanut RUTF recipe with cheaper locally grown ingredients. These changes not only substantially reduce product cost but also through the use of effective purchasing strategies that collaborate with agricultural development organisations, enable VN to procure ingredients from vulnerable local farmers, enhance farmer income and improve crop diversity. This effectively integrates nutrition and food security creating powerful positive synergies between the two sectors. These new products will be launched by Valid Nutrition in the near future.
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