The Preemie Growth Project

Sharing Vital Information About Nutritional Issues for Premature Babies & Special Needs Children

World Health Organization

  • A peanut paste fortified with milk, vegetable fat, sugar, vitamins and micronutrients, Plumpy’Nut® was developed in 1996 by Nutriset and the IRD.
  • It corresponds to the definition of RUTFs (Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food), recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO) for the home treatment of severe acute malnutrition.
  • These types of supplements compensate for macro- and micronutrient deficiencies in the traditional diets of beneficiaries. They are used after the recommended period of exclusive breastfeeding (up to the age of 6 months) in addition to the child’s usual food (breast milk and diversified diet).
  • During the food crisis in Niger in 2005, Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) treated over 60,000 children with Plumpy’Nut®, with a recovery rate of more than 90% in the space of a few months, demonstrating the effectiveness of RUTFs on a large scale.
  • Today, these supplements have won the support of the main players involved in tackling malnutrition and are used worldwide by United Nations agencies such as UNICEF and the WFP.