Dr Steve Collins gives a hugely informative and enlightened interview to ENN podcast while discussing his candid Reflections on the UN Global Action Plan on Wasting.
“It is scandalous that a product with several critical advantages and high quality scientific evidence to support it, can be blocked because of bureaucracy and vested interests”
Dr Steve Collins, Valid Nutrition’s Chairman, spoke candidly about his frustration at the shamefully slow pace of innovation and approval of better products to treat acute malnutrition. He presented the specific example of Valid Nutrition’s new recipe for therapeutic food (RUTF). This breakthrough, which follows from 14 year of research and development (largely funded by RUTF donors), has several clear benefits including: significantly lower cost, far better sustainability profile and is easier to produce in developing countries / regions where these products are needed.
He said it is scandalous that a product with high quality scientific evidence to support it, can be blocked because of bureaucracy and vested interests. He challenged those empowered to allow this recipe to be used, to act now. Doing so, will immediately lower the cost of treatment and allow hundreds of thousands more children to be treated within existing aid budgets.