Malnourished No More: Kumba 


When UNICEF Kid Power Team Members get active to save lives, they help malnourished children like Kumba. A year before this photo was taken, she couldn't walk, stand or even eat. But after getting treated for malnutrition at a rehab center in her family's Mauritania village, she slowly came back to life:

"She began to walk, talk and giggle," says her mom, who can now plan for her daughter's future. "I really want her to go to school because I did not have this chance."

Kumba's mom dares to hope because her little girl was treated with Ready-to-Use-Therapeutic Food (RUTF) supplied by UNICEF. 
Often called a "miracle food," RUTF is a tasty high-energy peanut paste containing every thing kids suffering from severe acute malnutrition need to get back on track. It needs no refrigeration and stays fresh for up to two years. Plus parents don’t have to add fresh water, which can be limited in remote areas where kids are suffering most. All they have to do is open the packet, give it to their child and watch him or her growing healthy and strong. 

Saving the lives of children suffering from malnutrition is a complex challenge UNICEF has mastered by providing RUTF to children along with safe water and improved sanitation and hygiene services to the communities where they are suffering. 

UNICEF Kid Power is part of the solution too. By getting active with UNICEF Kid Power, children in the U.S. have unlocked 8.2 million packets of RUTF, enough to save 52,000 lives

To find out how you can help, check out how UNICEF Kid Power works and start taking concrete steps to save lives!