Welcome to Toddler Food Partners

Our staff of volunteers thanks you for visiting our website to learn more about how you can help toddlers in developing countries overcome malnutrition.  We provide knowledge, equipment and hands-on training to make a Ready to Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) that has helped thousands of toddlers become healthy and go on to live a normal productive life.  Please peruse our pages to learn more and see how you can be a part of the solution for a healthy world.

Start your tour of our website by watching a video showing the making of RUTF at the faciltiy in Haiti run by our partner Meds and Food for Kids (MFK). The ingredients for RUTF are peanuts, sugar, vegetable oil, powdered milk and a vitamin mix. The video takes you from receiving raw peanuts through packaging and shipping to treatment centers. Toddler Food Partners (TFP) has worked closely with MFK for several years. We helped evaluate, acquire and install many of the machines you will see in the video.

 

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Our Objectives have been Achieved!

Toddler Food Partners mission is to help children by treating and preventing malnutrition. When our Founder, Don Moran set up TFP, his vision was to provide technical help for the manufacture of RUTF for SAM children. Until last year our project in India focused on manufacturing at Sion Hospital and Hexagon Nutrition. With our partners Sion Hospital and CTARA at IIT Bombay we created evidence to make RUTF (now called MNT in India) acceptable and available in India. 

The Government of India has accepted the use of MNT in the treatment protocol for acute malnutrition. TFP has provided technical guidance for the manufacture of MNT to Hexagon Nutrition. Other suppliers; Compact, NuFlour and Amul have started manufacturing MNT in India. Several States including Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand have conducted pilot studies using locally produced MNT for the treatment of SAM children.

For more on the history of our project in India, Click Here or select Projects from the main menu.

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In the News

January 2017

TFP board members and several of our partners in India are principal authors of two journal articles. Both discuss the indigenous production of RUTF to address SAM in Indian children.
Click here for the first article. Click here for the second article. Also, both articles can be accessed through our resourses page from the Main Menu>Our Work>Resources.

November 2015

Things are ramping up in Mumbai with local partners: IIT, Sion Hospital, SNEHA, Tata Trust, Hexagon Nutrition and General Mills India. Our testing is convincing the government of the success of MNT in healing toddlers with SAM, production has increased and interest is being generated to expand our work beyond Mumbai's slums. In addition, TFP is working on ways to prevent SAM. More on that to come when our project manager returns from India. More details are posted on the Recent Activities page.

November 2014

The latest activities on our India projects have bee posted on the Recent Activities page.

The Powerpoint presentation used by Dr. Jadhav for her presentation at the regional conference in Nepal is now available on the Resources page of this website.

June 2014

TFP Board member, Bharat Parekh, made a presentation to a Global Solutions - MN group. The presentatin was video recorded and the video may be viewed through this link:

Bharat Parekh Video

November 2013

We have received a video from our partners at Sion Hospital. It shows how children sufferiung from SAM are admitted and treated at the hospital.

Click here to see the video.

October 2013

Visit to Mumbai

Three TFP Board members recently returned from a trip to Mumbai and Nepal. Many meetings were held in Mumbai relating to the project and clinical study we are funding at Sion Hospital.

The first phase of the hospital based clinical trial was completed. This trial compared Standard Nutrition Therapy (SNT) with Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT - RUTF in India). The results were good showing the MNT was better current protocol with no adverse effects. Results were presented at several meetings and the presentation for the conference in Nepal was fine tuned.

Dr. Alka Jadhav presented the results at a regional conference of International Epidemiological Association in Pokhara, Nepal, in September. TFP had a booth at the conference to increase awaremness of the product for attendees from South Asia.

Click here for a more complete report.

March 2013

Article Added in Resources

In February, a workshop was held at the YMC campus outside of Mumbai. The object was to make rural Self Help Groups (SHGs) aware of nutrition rich food products that can act as dietary supplements. This workshop was a direct result of the work the Dr. Shiv Murty and Director Larry Carpenter did on their recent trip to Mumbai. A report and summary of the meetings is available on our resources page. (Menu::OurWork:: Resources)

January 2013

Article Added in Resources

An article from the NY Times, September 2010, was added to the Resource page. It discusses RUTF, Nutriset, Plumpy'Nut and issues surrounding them, specifically Haiti. (Menu::Our Work::Resources)

December 2012

Recent Accomplishments in Mumbai

A summary of accomplishments from the recent trip to Mumbai by Larry Carpenter and Dr. Shivram Murty can be found through the menu above under "Projects::Recent Activities".

TFP Directors Return from Mumbai

Executive Director, Larry Carpenter, returned from a successful trip to Mumbai in early December.  Board Director, Dr. Shiv Murty, remained in India and will return shortly before Christmas. For both, it was a whilrwind trip whith meetings scheduled nearly every day of their 18 day trip.

MNT Treatment Accepted by IAC

The SAM Management Guidelines of the Indian Academy of Pediatricians (IAP) have gone through a process of critical appraisal and updating since they were first formulated in 2010. These are now accepted by IAP as official guidelines on SAM management. This is an acknowledgment by the IAP that using Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) for treating Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) is the recommended protocol. This is a big step in getting MNT treatment accepted generally in India. Click here to read the statement by the IAP.

November 2012

Visit to our partners in Mumbai

On 25 November, board members Shivram Murty and Larry Carpenter depart for Mumbai. They will have a busy schedule meeting with some of our partners, CTARA, Sion Hospital and others. At Sion they will work with the expanded production facility and the new equipment that was recently installed. They will also travel to Nagpur to discuss another possible project before returning in December.

 

Give to the Max Day

A big thank you to all of our supporters that donated to Toddler Food Partners on "Give to the Max" day and to all that contributed through our GiveMN.org webpage. Also a big thanks to those that attended our open house on 11 November and contributed then. Your generous sharing will be put to good use specifically to complete the clinical study through Sion Hospital in Mumbai. Executive Director, Larry Carpenter, and Board Director Dr. Shivram Murty will be traveling to Mumbai in late November to work with many of the people and organizations that are using Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) to treat malnourished kids from Dharavi.

October 2012

Ribbon Cutting in Haiti

In October, two TFP board members traveled to Cap-Haïtien for the grand opening of the new factory built by Meds and Food for Kids (MFK). Dave Harmann played a big part in coordinating construction of the manufacturing facility. He worked closely with the electrical, plumbing and HVAC contractors. George Farrell helped with many of the final details. Click here for a video of the grand opening.

NPR News Report

NPR ran a report featuring Meds and Food for Kids (MFK), their history, growth and new factory. They also talked about how MFK provides good jobs and works with local farmers to improve their peanut crops. Click here to listen. Toddler Food Partners has worked with MFK since they made RUTF in a rented kitchen. Two of our volunteers will be present for the official opening of the new factory.

Matching Grant Announced

One of our volunteers has again pledged to match all donations up to a total of $5000 that are received before 31 December. All donations that come directly to TFP or are made through our GiveMN.org page will be matched!

September 2012

Grant from General Mills

Toddler Food Partners is pleased to announce that they have received a $20,000 grant from General Mills Incorporated. The grant money is specifically targeted towards the continued production of Ready to Use Therapeutic Food  which is being tested as Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) to treat malnourished children.

Public Radio Report

Here is an article on "The World" from Public Radio Inernational (PRI). It tells of Plumpy'Nut being rejected by the Indian government. The clinical study that Toddler Food Partners is supporting is featured in this article. TFP board members, Larry Carpenter and Shivram Murty, will be traveling to Mumbai in late November. They will meet with and work with Dr. Manglani and the aid group SNEHA. SNEHA is doing outreach work in the slum and bringing malnourished children into the clinical study. We expect the results of this study to convince the government to approve the use of locally made RUTF to treat SAM children.

August 2012

New Factory Starts Production

With the help of Toddler Food Partners, our partner in Haiti, Meds and Food for Kids (MFK) started production of Medika Mamba in their new 18,000 sq ft factory on August 3. See Recent Activities under the Projects menu for more details. MFK extends an invitation to attend a ribbon cutting! Click here.

July 2012

New Board Member

Toddler Food Partners wishes to welcome our newest board member: Ms. Indra Mehrotra. See the Board of Directors page under the About menu for her biography. She also comes with a passion for fighting SAM in India.

April 2012

Two New Board Members

Toddler Food Partners wishes to welcome two new board members: Dr. Shivrma Murty and Dr. Bharat Parekh. See the Board of Directors page under the About menu item for biographies. Both of the new board members come with a passion for fighting Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) particularly in India.

12 March 2012

One of our partners, Meds and Food for Kids (MFK), has produced a new video that describes how Medika Mamba is saving children in Haiti. Toddler Fook Partners has worked closely with MFK for several years. Some of the equipment you will see in the early factory was procured by TFP. Click here for the video.

26 December 2011

The Mumbai newspaper, Daily News and Analysis, reports today that "Sion Hospital has asked the women and child welfare department to adopt the medical nutrition therapy (MNT) model to provide nutritious food for [malnourished] children". Toddler Food Partners has worked with Sion Hospital and the CTARA Department within India Institute of Technology (IIT) to establish a facility to manufacture MNT at its Urban Health Center in Dharavi. Click here to read full article.

Sierra Leone, December 2011

Larry Carpenter, Executive Director, and a TFP Volunteer, Shiv Murty, have begun discussions with a former student from Larry's years of teaching in Sierra Leone. The student has formed a non-profit, Bedyna, that has helped build primary and secondary schools in his birth village. He has asked TFP to help set up a school lunch or breakfast project that can assure that all students have better and consistent nutrition throughout the year. This partnership is in the beginning stages but we expect the partnership to grow. The first stage of this project will be to obtain a grinder that can be used to process peanuts into peanut butter to provide a high protein snack in the schools.

 

Many thanks to all of you that participated in Give to the Max day by making a contribution to Toddler Food Partners. Your generosity made the day a resounding success!

One of our volunteers has pledged to match all donations up to a total of $5000 that are dedicated to our "MNT for SAM in India" project. All donations that came in on Give to the MAX day were matched! It is still valid and your donations will still be matched.

 

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