US assists Burundi to fight acute malnutrition

Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - The U.S. government has delivered 240 tons of ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF) worth US$2 million to Burundi in response to the high level of severe acute malnutrition affecting 6% of children under 5 years in the African nation, according to the Burundi Office of the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF).

The food comes in the form of a "bag of highly nutritious paste" that does not require cooking or refrigeration before consumption.

RUTF constitutes a "revolution" in the management of severe acute malnutrition among children under five years because they allow home treatment, according to UNICEF.

In collaboration with the Ministry of Public Health, UNICEF will use the RUTF to treat children suffering from severe acute malnutrition in 17 provinces of the country.

"Malnutrition is one of the largest and most pernicious obstacles to development in Burundi," Dawn M. Liberi, the U.S. Ambassador to Burundi, said during the announcement of the donation Thursday.

"This donation from USAID will contribute to strengthening the efforts made by the Government of Burundi and its partners to ensure that all children, including the most vulnerable, realise their right to survive, grow and blossom," said Johannes Wedenig, UNICEF Representative in Burundi.
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30 Agosto 2013 15:53:10

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