This is a summary of some of the projects we are currently working with.
Executive Director Larry Carpenter made a trip with board member Dr. Bharat Parekh to Mumbai, India, in February-March 2011 to work on a project with multiple and international partners. TFP partnered with CTARA (Centre for Technology Alternatives for Rural Areas) a department within IIT Bombay (India Institute of Technology, Bombay) and together we partnered with the pediatrics department in Sion Hospital, located in Sion, a suburb of Mumbai.
The goal of this project is to establish a manufacturing facility within Sion Hospital to make MNT (Medical Nutrition Therapy) for treating malnourished children from the slum area that the hospital serves. MNT is the local label for a therapeutic treatment much like Medika Mamba used in Haiti.
In this project, CTARA provides local technical knowledge, direction and personnel. Sion Hospital provides pediatric and nutritional staff and will produce MNT for trial runs that will begin in March 2011. Toddler Food Partners (TFP) provides technical support, expertise and training to get manufacturing up and running.
In the several months before Mr. Carpenter's trip, TFP and CTARA worked to select and purchase manufacturing equipment and to configure space that was provided by Sion Hospital. Sion Hospital allocated workspace for manufacturing and administration as well as for examining the malnourished children that will be treated. All equipment except the grinder and a few miscellaneous tools were acquired locally in the Mumbai area. Process flow charts and floor plans were drawn up with input from all partners. Staff was hired including Aparna Surve who will be in charge of manufacturing MNT.
While Mr. Carpenter was in India, several trial runs were made to exercise the equipment and to evaluate and document the procedures required to make, package and distribute MNT. Some equipment problems were identified and either fixed or work arounds were devised.
Before the end of March 2011, we were informed by Dr. Alka Jadhav, Professor of Pediatrics at Sion Hospital, that production and pilot trials have begun. Dr. Jadhav is on the far right in the picture above.
Currently, the largest project TFP supports operates in Haiti, which in 2008 produced over 100,000 pounds of RUTF - locally known as Medika Mamba - to feed more than 4000 children through over 20 clinics. This partnership is with Meds and Food for Kids (MFK) founded by Dr. Pat Wolff, a pediatrician from St. Louis.
MFK currently operates a manufacturing facility in Cap Haitien for Medika Mamba in a rented two-story house. The peanut roasting takes place in an outbuilding and then must be carried to the second floor for grinding and mixing with other ingredients. In 2009, approximately 139,000 pounds of Medika Mamba were produced.
MFK has recently launched a campaign to fund the building of a new factory in Cap Haitien with a 2011 completion target. This factory will have an estimated capability of producing nearly 800,000 pounds of Medika Mamba annually and will be distributed throughout Haiti to provide food for 32,000 malnourished children. Toddler Food Partners is currently working with MFK and partner, Compatible Technology International (CTI), to evaluate, select, produce and install production equipment for the new factory.
See how MFK is addressing the need for Medika Mamba:
To contribute to the construction of the new MFK facility, please contact MFK directly through their website: http://mfkhaiti.org/
Village Scale Manufacturing
Toddler Food Partners has teamed up with NGOs in India to help develop a village-scale manufacturing facility to be installed in India. The pilot project is targeted for installation in mid 2010. The facility will be able to manufacture moderate quantities of RUTF suitable for treating malnourished children at the village level. Production is expected to be approximately 57,000 pounds annually.
TFP's focus is on the manufacturing process and equipment. TFP is looking for cost effective off-the-shelf equipment to make RUTF.
Standard RUTF is made from peanuts, milk powder, vegetable oil, sugar and a vitamin/mineral supplement. The manufacturing process is as follows:
Peanuts will be roasted in large woks over propane burners. The roasted peanuts will be ground in motorized grinders. Off-the-shelf food scales will be used to weigh the ingredients. The ingredients will be mixed in hand turned stainless steel mixers. Hand-cranked fillers will be used to dispense the product into containers for distribution.
Toddler Food Partners established a partnership with a church in Western Minnesota. The church, in turn, has a long established sister parish relationship with a parish in Quillo, Peru.
In the News
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)
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)
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.
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.
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 and installing and commissioning the manufacturing equipment. 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.