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Preventing Malnutrition in Niger
October 1, 2007
In 2006, half of the children aged six months to three years in the Guidan Roumdji district of Maradi, Niger, suffered from acute malnutrition. In 2007, Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) provided nutritional supplements to more than 60,000 vulnerable children during the seasonal "hunger gap"—the roughly five- to six-month period between harvests when food stocks are typically leaner.
Mothers receive four containers per month of a ready-to-use food called Plumpy'Doz, and add three tablespoons every day to their child's regular diet, enriching it with a complete daily dose of essential nutrients and 250 calories.