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The Plumpy *****: The Next Generation Solution to World Hunger

Introduction/Background ***** Problem

***** and malnourishment is a constant problem plaguing underdeveloped countries and war torn countries throughout the world. Malnutrition is a common problem resulting when inadequate dietary intake is chronic and disease is rampant (Odland, 1998). While not as prevalent in developed countries, poverty-stricken or war ***** countries generally accept some level of malnutrition as a f*****ct of life. Malnutrition results in various harmful side effects *****cluding increased infant and maternal mortality rates. *****re are multiple categories of ***** to consider. Protein malnutrition ***** deficiencies in various micronutrients also qualify as malnutrition (Odland, *****). Micronutrient deficiencies are especially problematic for women who are pregnant and young children throughout the ***** (Odland, 1998). Most of the vitam*****s and minerals that people need are gathered from adequate ***** from the diet; yet ***** World Health Organization estimates "that 51 percent of the children in developing countries are anemic," suggesting ***** micronutrient deficiencies are quite ***** (Odland, *****:96).

Improving ***** Nutritional Health of Children

There are many factors that interplay to affect the "nutritional health of children" including a mo*****r's "social or economic status, access ***** food, availability of safe water and good sanitation" (*****, 1998: 96). Good nutrition is *****ten considered "a b*****sic human right" hence the World Health Organization and several other agencies have consistently worked to uncover new methods of providing ***** and women in particular with "adequate, nutritious ***** and safe drinking *****" practices which ultimately will help combat child and maternal *****, disease and ***** (Odland, 1998: 96). A ***** product is making headlines in the fight against mal***** and world hunger. Th***** product, referred ***** as ***** "***** nut" may help resolve many of the current obstacles health organizations are facing to providing ***** nourishment ***** support for children in war torn, disease ridden or poverty stricken countries.

***** Plumpy Nut: A Solution to Hunger new ***** called the Plumpy Nut may provide hope for undernourished *****, particularly those in underdeveloped countries. As Wines (2005) *****es in his article, "Fortified Food Paste Combats Starvation" Doctors are now using a *****rition*****l supplement derived from peanut butter to save lives in underdeveloped countries. The Plumpy nut provide "is saving lives" in countries *****cluding Niger experiencing recent hunger crisis (Wines, 2005). The product, ***** comes in a silvery foil package the size of two grasping baby hands" contains a *****pping 500 calories (Wines, 2005). The fortified peanut butter is "stuffed with milk, vitamins and *****" (Wines, 2005). Parents are instructed to provide infants with ***** packets of the product each day ***** allow their baby to grow. Thus far malnourished children are realizing significant results, gaining as much as two pounds in a s*****gle week on the product (Wines, 2005).

Traditionally malnutrition treatment involved hospitalizing children and nourishing them with IV infusions of ***** milk, then sending children home for further recovery. Use of milk however is expensive at best and milk tends to spoil. Another

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