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Helping VALID Nutrition fight malnutrition in Malawi

Who they are

VALID Nutrition was set up in 2005 by Dr Steve Collins, a medical doctor and world-renowned nutrition expert who has spent most of his working life in the frontline of famine and malnutrition relief. Dr Collins pioneered the development of Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) – a model of care to scale the treatment of (non-medical) acute malnutrition (starvation) in the community and in local clinics rather than within the confines of in-patient, hospital settings.

What they do

CMAM requires the use of Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Foods (RUTFs) – highly fortified nutritional pastes designed to treat starvation. The CMAM model was unanimously adopted in 2007 by the United Nations, World Health Organisation and World Food Programme and is in use in over 65 countries worldwide; and continues to save tens of thousands of children’s lives annually.

In 2005, Dr Collins established a cottage-industry type production line, producing RUTFs which eventually grew into a small factory in Malawi. To maximise developmental impact, VALID sources all ingredients from indigenous farmers and local suppliers. Due to the success of locally produced RUTFs, but given the clearly stringent quality assurance requirements, there was an urgent need to build a new purpose-built, state of the art facility to increase production and meet the need for local products.

How we’re helping 

A grant from the tcc foundation is now supporting the building of this exciting new facility which will be completed by the end of 2020. The build will also support (in due course) the production of a highly innovative, plant-based RUTF product developed by VALID to treat malnutrition.