Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and among the most impoverished in the world. Even before the devastating earthquake in early 2010, childhood malnutrition was pervasive. The multiyear, multimillion-dollar Partners In Health (PIH)-Abbott-Abbott Fund partnership combines the unique expertise and resources of a for-profit business and a nonprofit organization. Together, we are working to empower communities to create local, sustainable solutions that improve nutrition and provide economic opportunity. In early 2013 construction was completed on a new PIH production facility in Haiti that will both expand production of Nourimanba
, PIH's highly nutritious, peanut-based therapeutic food to treat severe childhood malnutrition, and also produce non-medicinal products, such as peanut butter, that will not only sustain the free distribution of Nourimanba
, but also create additional local business opportunities. The facility opened in the fall of 2013 and Nourimanba
is now being distributed to children at PIH’s clinics throughout the region. Abbott experts in nutrition science, engineering, quality and manufacturing have joined PIH staff in supporting all aspects of the project, including construction, product quality and safety, plus staff training to build local capabilities and develop skills of local workers. Nourimanba
has been improving the lives of thousands of Haiti’s children for more than 7 years. The new plant will have the capacity to produce enough Nourimanba to treat tens of thousands more.
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