Childhood Malnutrition in post-earthquake Haiti



Zanmi Lasante/PIH fights childhood malnutrition by producing Ready To Use Therapeutic Foods, enrolling kids in a food supplement program, and providing nutritious school lunches.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

A Haitian proverb spotlights the connections between disease and hunger, medicine and food: "Giving drugs without food is like washing your hands and drying them in the dirt." Prior to the January 2010 earthquakes in Haiti, almost 25% of the children in Haiti faced chronic hunger. With rising prices, the onset of the rainy season, the May-July seasonal hunger gap, and protracted displacement, most expect pediatric malnutrition rates to rise in Haiti.

How will this project solve this problem?

Treat severely malnourished children with Nourimanba (peanut-butter based Ready to Use Theraputic Food); provide moderately malnourished children with Nourimil (cereal-legume blend); support local production; provide a daily warm lunch to schoolkids

Potential Long Term Impact

In 2009 approximately 5,600 children received the RUTF/supplements and 9,000 students received school lunches; across all our points of care PIH/ZL expects these numbers to increase to 8,000 and 11,000 over the next year due to the earthquake.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $23,219
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $176,781
Total Funding Goal: $200,000

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


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Project Leader

Laura Soucy

Annual Giving Coordinator
Boston, MA United States

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Map of Childhood Malnutrition in post-earthquake Haiti
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