VALID Nutrition is pleased to announce that on Friday 18th November, the Honourable Dr Peter Kumpalume, MP and Minister for Health, Malawi, formally launched our new Ready-to-Use Complementary Food (RUCF also called small quantity lipid-based nutrient supplement, LNS-SQ) in Lilongwe. Read more
Steve Collins of VALID presents his vision on the role Social Business can play to innovate and deliver market based solutions to address chronic malnutrition. This condition, often referred to as “hidden hunger” is preventing millions of children (one in every four) in developing countries from reaching their full potential.
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With a view to extending our product range in Malawi and having received generous grant support from USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub (SATH), VALID’s local Factory is now in the process of commissioning a Ready-to-Use Complementary Food (RUCF) pack-filling machine. RUCFs are designed to prevent Chronic Malnutrition which affects 43% of all children in Malawi and on average over 40% of all children in sub Saharan Africa. We are working with WFP on a new RUCF product specification so that we can commence production trials as soon as possible. With support from Irish Aid and the Department of Agriculture, VALID is also intending to undertake a pilot project in Malawi using RUCF that will initiate the process of changing how children affected by Chronic Malnutrition are reached – using a customer and market driven approach as we endeavour to unlock this potentially massive market. View this link for more information.
The Global Innovation Fund (GIF) recently announced their first ever “investments” (grants, convertible loans or equity stakes), in eight projects ranging from £30,000 to £1.5 million. The announcement included an investment of £120,000 in VALID Nutrition’s development of an innovative SMS-RUTF product. VALID was the only grant recipient directly involved in nutrition and full details are available on the GIF website
The results of our ground-breaking efficacy trial in the DRC – regarding efficacy of a locally sourced, lower cost RUTF to treat Severe Acute Malnutrition – have been published in the prestigious American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Read more here
With the help of a grant from USAID South Africa Trade Hub we are helping thousands of people access nutritious food.