by Project Peanut Butter Mogadishu, Banaadir, Somalia Food
Project Peanut Butter (PPB) is partnering with the Dr. Hawa Abdi Foundation (DHAF). This project will allow PPB to provide Ready-to-Use Therapeutic...
Project Peanut Butter (PPB) is partnering with the Dr. Hawa Abdi Foundation (DHAF). This project will allow PPB to provide Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) to Dr. Abdi and her team in Somalia to treat 300 malnourished children.
PPB is partnering the Dr. Hawa Abdi Foundation (DHAF), an independent non-profit organization whose mission is to support emergency relief efforts to war-stricken Somalia. The Dr. Hawa Abdi Foundation began in 1991 as a hospital run by Nobel Peace Prize Nominee, Dr. Abdi, and her two daughters.
Dr. Abdi's camp has since grown into a shelter providing a multitude of services for up to 90,000 displaced people. Today about 30,000 people receive shelter, medical care, and other essential services in the DHAF camp that is centered around the original DHAF hospital which has now grown to over 500 beds.
An outpatient-feeding program based out of the camp was established in 2008. 60 health workers were trained how to properly assess and treat malnourished children using RUTF and 2 warehouses were built to keep stock of the food.
Malnourished Children at the DHAF Camp
Unfortunately, since 2010, there has been an inadequate supply of RUTF and the outpatient-feeding program has not been able to continue. The 60 trained health workers still live in the camp, but now do not have work. Now, children suffering from malnutrition are told to go to Mogadishu for treatment. A few are admitted as inpatients at the hospital at the camp, but the hospital does not have the capacity to treat all the malnourished patients as inpatients; there are a limited number of beds in the hospital and there is one nurse per 40 patients.
This project would allow PPB’s facility in Freetown, Sierra Leone to supply RUTF to Dr. Abdi and allow the outpatient feeing program to start again.
Finished Product in the Sierra Leone Factory
The project would provide enough RUTF to treat 300 severely malnourished children in Dr. Abdi's camp.