Internationally, in the last ten years, I have written six Global Grants through the Rotary International Foundation for SAM Disease (Severe Acute Malnutrition), providing funding for a fully-sustainable program called Project Peanut Butter. These have been for the Philippines, Malawi, Sierra Leone, and a startup program in Ghana. Now we are helping Project Peanut Butter, the Government of Sierra Leone, and WHO (World Health Organization) go into an isolated area that has never had traditional health care. It is little known that many areas of the world still have no access to health care..
Project Peanut Butter
Across the world, Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) is the largest killer of children under age five, contributing to nearly half of all childhood deaths.
Defined by a very low weight-to-height ratio, visible severe wasting, or by the presence of nutritional edema, an estimated 20 million children suffer from SAM, and malnutrition contributes to the death of more than three million children a year.
SAM is hunger and starvation clinically defined: hunger and starvation for nutrients. Without proper treatment, the majority of children who survive live with major compromises to their health, as well as to their cognitive and physical capabilities.
Project Peanut Butter (PPB) seeks to advance the treatment of severe malnutrition – the single largest cause of child death in the world today – using effective, locally produced, ready-to-use therapeutic foods. This nonprofit organization was formed to provide needed nutritional and medical support, primarily to children suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition in sub-Saharan Africa and beyond.