Humanitarian agencies advocate for simplified treatment of severe malnutrition

by WHES Staff


Thirteen aid agencies have signed a letter to Samantha Power, the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), advocating a simplified treatment for wasting (severe acute malnutrition).  These agencies propose five steps to fight severe malnutrition globally, which are focused on a simplified diagnosis,  the use of Ready to Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF), and coordination with local national health systems, as well as mutual accountability with local systems.  This approach, initially controversial within  medical circles, is seen as more practical given the rising level of severe malnutrition in many countries.

FINAL Coalition Letter to Administrator Samantha Power


  • World Hunger Education
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    Washington, D.C. 20017
  • For the past 40 years, since its founding in 1976, the mission of World Hunger Education Service is to undertake programs, including Hunger Notes, that
    • Educate the general public and target groups about the extent and causes of hunger and malnutrition in the United States and the world
    • Advance comprehension which integrates ethical, religious, social, economic, political, and scientific perspectives on the world food problem
    • Facilitate communication and networking among those who are working for solutions
    • Promote individual and collective commitments to sustainable hunger solutions.