The UN World Food Programme (WFP) said today it's distributing Plumpy'Doz to 30,000 children in the Philippines. Plumpy'Doz is a nutrient-filled peanut paste and a critical part of WFP's mission in feeding storm victims following Typhoon Haiyan.
It's been called the "magic food," along with Plumpy'Nut and Plumpy'Sup, because it saves small children from deadly malnutrition.
In the aftermath of any disaster, small children are most vulnerable to food shortages. They can suffer lasting physical and mental damage with low food and nutrition intake. WFP brings in ready-to-eat foods like Plumpy'Doz to save children who are at risk of deadly malnutrition.
The plumpy either restores children's health from malnutrition or puts a "shield" to keep them from getting malnourished in the first place. Simply put, plumpy save lives. It's also easy to distribute as it requires no cooking or special storage.
It's critical the Plumpy'Doz be widely distributed in the Philippines as cases of severe malnutrition have been reported in storm-hit areas. Plumpy'Doz can save a generation from the stunting that occurs to so many impoverished nations.
Overall WFP is feeding three million people in the Philippines with rice and high-energy biscuits. The UN food agency depends on voluntary donations. Around 40 percent of required donations to feed the Philippines has been received thus far.
WFP has set up a donation page at it's web site.