Abbott and the Abbott Fund have formed a unique partnership in Haiti with Partners In Health (PIH) to empower Haitians to create local solutions for malnutrition. The USD 6.5 million initiative draws on the expertise of Abbott’s leading nutrition scientists and engineers, and PIH’s medical experts to build a new nutrition production facility near PIH’s hospital in Cange, in Haiti’s central plateau region. This production facility in Haiti will significantly expand local production of Nourimanba, a highly nutritious, peanut-based ready-to-use therapeutic food used to treat severe malnutrition in children. It will also introduce quality and safety into the production process. The initiative also aims to empower local communities by supporting local farms and promoting economic development. Haitian workers will handle facility construction, and Haitian farmers and workers also will handle most of the production of Nourimanba, from start to finish.
The partnership is obtaining assistance by others to create a commercial strategy whereby PIH will produce and sell peanut butter – with the profits supporting the continued production and free distribution of Nourimanba. Abbott will also work closely with PIH to provide local PIH staff with the training needed to manage and run the facility.
|Location||Haiti, Latin America and Caribbean|