Influencing Haitian Healthcare
MFK has been instrumental in educating Haiti’s healthcare providers, and the Haitian Government, about the virtues of RUTF. Thanks in large part to MFK’s efforts, Haiti’s Ministry of Health formally adopted RUTF into its national protocols for the treatment of childhood malnutrition, a prerequisite to offering all of Haiti’s malnourished children the life-saving therapy they need and deserve.
Development Marketplace Grant Winner
MFK was one of the winners of the World Bank’s Development Marketplace competition in May, 2007. Selected from a pool of more than 2,900 applicants, MFK’s proposal focused on partnering with Haiti’s often-neglected public health facilities to mentor Haitian health professionals in the treatment of malnutrition with Medika Mamba.
The Development Marketplace is a competitive grant program that identifies and supports emerging development ideas. “We believe fundamentally that the Marketplace is one of the breeding grounds for some of the best and brightest ideas in development today,” according to Joe Cerrell, director for Global Health Advocacy at the Gates Foundation.
Innovation for Inclusive Development
MFK was one of four winners of the Inter-American Development Bank’s Innovation for Inclusive Development competition in October, 2008. Announced by Bank President Luis Alberto Moreno, MFK’s proposal focused on building Haitian peanut farmers’ capacity to increase the quantity and improve the quality of their peanut harvests.
MFK was featured by CNN on two separate occasions during World Hunger Relief Week. On November 18, 2008, CNN ran an online print story about Meds & Food for Kids entitled “As Children Starve, World Struggles for a Solution.” One week later, CNN aired a two minute video called “Hunger on the Rise”, chronicling MFK’s work combating childhood malnutrition.
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