Meds & Food for Kids (MFK) is dedicated to saving the lives of Haiti’s malnourished children and other nutritionally vulnerable people.
We accomplish our mission by developing, producing and distributing highly nutritious foods, including the gold-standard Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF). We make our food products in Haiti, using Haitian workers and, whenever possible, Haitian raw materials. Haitians call our RUTF “Medika Mamba” — or “Peanut Butter Medicine” in Creole.
Dr. Patricia B. Wolff has been providing medical care in Haiti to those in need for more than 25 years. But Dr. Wolff kept running into the same issue with the kids she was treating there: they were so chronically malnourished that they kept getting sick. “It was like spitting into the ocean,” she recalls.
A Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Washington University’s School of Medicine, Dr. Wolff founded Meds & Food for Kids in response to her frustration of watching malnourished Haitian children needlessly die. After visiting RUTF pioneer and Washington University colleague Dr. Mark Manary in Malawi, Dr. Wolff realized that this was the solution and was inspired to transfer the best-practice therapy of RUTF to Haiti in 2003.
To date, MFK has treated over 435,000 children, trained over 2,400 farmers and provided jobs to more than 65 Haitians. In 2012, MFK opened a new state-of-the art factory just outside of Cap-Haïtien, Haiti, with the capacity to treat 80,000 children per year. More recently, MFK has begun the exportation of life-saving Medika Mamba to countries like Guatemala and Senegal, with plans to continue to expand exportation in 2015 and beyond.
MFK is a registered non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation in the United States and a registered Non-Governmental Organization in Haiti.
The PlumpyField Network
In 2010, MFK became a member of Nutriset’s PlumpyField Network. Their mission is to improve access to innovative nutritional solutions meeting international quality standards through local production, close to the populations requiring them.
Influencing Haitian Healthcare
MFK works closely with the Haitian government and other key officials to improve malnutrition and healthcare in Haiti. 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.