Valid Nutrition Launches Ready-to-Use Complementary Food in Malawi

VALID Nutrition is pleased to announce that on Friday 18th November, the Honourable Dr. Peter Kumpalume, MP and Minister for Health, Malawi, formally launched a new Ready-to-Use Complementary Food (RUCF, also known as Small Quantity Lipid-based Nutrient Supplement or LNS-SQ) in Lilongwe. In his speech, Dr. Kumpalume underlined the significance of this initiative.

“We are strong supporters of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) movement and this new product which I am launching today will, I am confident, play an important role in prevention of chronic malnutrition or stunting which it is often called, which takes such a big toll on an individual and society over a lifetime.”

“This is something that the private and business sector needs to work with us on, because it is not reasonable or feasible for Government and public sector alone to address”

“Valid Nutrition’s Social Enterprise model, whereby they source and manufacture locally, is one we very much admire. Not only does it contribute to economic development and avoid the need to import, but thanks to the innovative approach, the company has also got potential for export – especially with this product (RUCF) which is not widely available on our continent.”

Valid nutrition would like to acknowledge the generous support of USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub who provided a Grant that enabled the provision of a specialist pack-filling machine from South Africa. The product is approved by Malawi Bureau of Standards and conforms fully to UNICEF specifications and standards for LNS-SQ (S0000245 Fortified spread, sachet 20g/CAR-546). Further information is available on the Valid Nutrition website. They look forward to extending the access of effective, appealing and affordable nutrition to consumers in Malawi and beyond.

Valid Nutrition is proud to have been at the forefront of locally supplying Ready to Use Therapeutic Foods (RUTF) for treatment of severe acute malnutrition in Malawi. Since 2007, they have worked closely with both UNICEF and the Government to meet demand. The company began manufacturing in Lilongwe in 2007 and has since produced over 35 million sachets, enabling over 300,000 children to be treated. 

 

Valid Nutrition Malawi Press Release

OBJECTIVE
The objective of the launch of this product line is to raise awareness on the availability of this type of product in the country, an initiative undertaken by Valid Nutrition with support from USAID Southern Africa Trade Hub (SATH). This product is to support the drive to combat Chronic Malnutrition (stunting) in the country – which is a key activity endorsed by the Malawi Government in association with the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) movement. This is in addition to the demand generation for agricultural produce, especially ground-nuts, for value addition for the benefit of small holder farmers and for the wellbeing of the overall consumers.

BACKGROUND

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VALID Nutrition is an ambitious social enterprise. Our Mission is to make the choice of effective affordable and appealing nutrition available to all consumers in developing countries. We apply an innovative evidence based and market driven approach. We design, manufacture and market nutritional pastes for the prevention and treatment of malnutrition. By regarding malnourished children as customers rather than victims, by empowering mothers within their communities and by promoting local production and supply of RUFs, we intend to be a catalyst for a sustainable solution.
Valid Nutrition is proud to have been at the forefront of locally supplying Ready to Use Therapeutic Foods (RUTF) for treatment of severe acute malnutrition in Malawi. Since 2007, we have worked closely with both UNICEF and the Government to meet demand. We started manufacturing in Lilongwe in 2007 and have since produced over 35 million sachets, enabling over 300,000 children to be treated.
Since 2013, Exagris Africa has come on board as a Joint Venture partner and this has transformed Valid Nutrition Malawi into a unique and innovative social impact enterprise, comprising a private sector company and an Irish and UK Charity as the shareholders, each with distinct and complementary skills and reach.
LAUNCH OF RUCF
While we will continue to produce RUTF as well as to innovate with new recipes (with ingredients that are more suitable for local farmers to supply), our latest objective is to expand and develop a new market segment of products to prevent moderate and chronic malnutrition hence the introduction of this new product line of Ready-to-Use Complementary Food (RUCF), also called small quantity Lipid-based Nutrient Supplement (LNS-SQ).

The new product line in our Kanengo factory comprises of:

  • A filler machine, PMD Model Sigma 3, Vertical Form, Fill and Seal Machine with capabilities to do 20g – 150g sachet size, supplied by PMD Packaging Systems Pty Ltd from South Africa, under the USAID SATH matching grant between Valid Nutrition, USAID SATH and PMD.
  • Currently the machine is set to produce 20g sachets of the RUCF. The machine is designed to pack 50 sachets a minute, which translates to production output of 66,000 sachets (or 1.3MT) of product per day (22 hours production). With this rate, we can do 26.4MT of product per month, this is about 2,417 cartons of product each containing 546 sachets. One carton is sufficient to provide the necessary nutritional supplements for five children for four months.

The new product line brings in the following benefits to the country:

  • Extra employment opportunities for Malawi as additional staff workforce is added and trained to manage this skilled process;
  • Boosting agricultural production benefits to farmers by providing increased demand for groundnuts and other ingredients to support the new product;
  • Valid Nutrition is one of the first to manufacture this type of product within the Southern Africa region. In addition to substituting imports, this creates an export opportunity, thereby contributing to the economic potential for Malawi. As such, this is a great example of “Made in Malawi” in action;
  • It is also a strategic effort by the private sector to contribute to the SUN initiative
Pictured during a tour of the Valid Nutrition factory : Kumbukani Chirwa, USAID Program Management Specialist Nutrition; Tim de Borde, Chairman Valid Nutrition Malawi; Andrew Chinguwo, General Manager, Valid Nutrition Malawi; Frank Msiska, Chief Nutritionist, Ministry of Health; Littleton Tazewell, Mission Director, USAID Malawi

A tour of the Valid Nutrition factory – pictured: Kumbukani Chirwa, USAID Program Management Specialist Nutrition; Tim de Borde, Chairman Valid Nutrition Malawi; Andrew Chinguwo, General Manager, Valid Nutrition Malawi; Frank Msiska, Chief Nutritionist, Ministry of Health; Littleton Tazewell, Mission Director, USAID Malawi

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Valid Nutrition’s factory, Malawi – pictured: Frank Msiska, Ministry of Health; Gerry Cunningham, Irish Aid; Kumbukani Chirwa, USAID; Paul Murphy, Valid Nutrition; Dr. George Chithope-Mwale, Ministry of Health; Tim de Borde, and Andrew Chinguwo, Valid Nutrition; Littleton Tazewell, USAID; Trust Takudzwa Mlambo, WFP; Peter Akomo and Edward Mtsundano, Valid Nutrition.

Hon. Dr. Peter Kumpalume, MP, Minister of Health, Malawi speaking at the launch event.

Hon. Dr. Peter Kumpalume, MP, Minister of Health, Malawi speaking at the launch event.

 

For further information, please contact: Andrew Chinguwo, General Manager, Valid Nutrition Malawi andrewchinguwo@validnutrition.org +265 888368871

Or visit www.validnutrition.org

Updated 30 November 2016

Valid Nutrition Launches Ready-to-Use Complementary Food in Malawi

VALID Nutrition is pleased to announce that on Friday 18th November, the Honourable Dr. Peter Kumpalume, MP and Minister for Health, Malawi, formally launched a new Ready-to-Use Complementary Food (RUCF, also known as Small Quantity Lipid-based Nutrient Supplement or LNS-SQ) in Lilongwe. In his speech, Dr. Kumpalume underlined the significance of this initiative.

“We are strong supporters of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) movement and this new product which I am launching today will, I am confident, play an important role in prevention of chronic malnutrition or stunting which it is often called, which takes such a big toll on an individual and society over a lifetime.”

“This is something that the private and business sector needs to work with us on, because it is not reasonable or feasible for Government and public sector alone to address”

“Valid Nutrition’s Social Enterprise model, whereby they source and manufacture locally, is one we very much admire. Not only does it contribute to economic development and avoid the need to import, but thanks to the innovative approach, the company has also got potential for export – especially with this product (RUCF) which is not widely available on our continent.”

Valid nutrition would like to acknowledge the generous support of USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub who provided a Grant that enabled the provision of a specialist pack-filling machine from South Africa. The product is approved by Malawi Bureau of Standards and conforms fully to UNICEF specifications and standards for LNS-SQ (S0000245 Fortified spread, sachet 20g/CAR-546). Further information is available on the Valid Nutrition website. They look forward to extending the access of effective, appealing and affordable nutrition to consumers in Malawi and beyond.

Valid Nutrition is proud to have been at the forefront of locally supplying Ready to Use Therapeutic Foods (RUTF) for treatment of severe acute malnutrition in Malawi. Since 2007, they have worked closely with both UNICEF and the Government to meet demand. The company began manufacturing in Lilongwe in 2007 and has since produced over 35 million sachets, enabling over 300,000 children to be treated. 

 

Valid Nutrition Malawi Press Release

OBJECTIVE
The objective of the launch of this product line is to raise awareness on the availability of this type of product in the country, an initiative undertaken by Valid Nutrition with support from USAID Southern Africa Trade Hub (SATH). This product is to support the drive to combat Chronic Malnutrition (stunting) in the country – which is a key activity endorsed by the Malawi Government in association with the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) movement. This is in addition to the demand generation for agricultural produce, especially ground-nuts, for value addition for the benefit of small holder farmers and for the wellbeing of the overall consumers.

BACKGROUND

Valid nutrition 1
VALID Nutrition is an ambitious social enterprise. Our Mission is to make the choice of effective affordable and appealing nutrition available to all consumers in developing countries. We apply an innovative evidence based and market driven approach. We design, manufacture and market nutritional pastes for the prevention and treatment of malnutrition. By regarding malnourished children as customers rather than victims, by empowering mothers within their communities and by promoting local production and supply of RUFs, we intend to be a catalyst for a sustainable solution.
Valid Nutrition is proud to have been at the forefront of locally supplying Ready to Use Therapeutic Foods (RUTF) for treatment of severe acute malnutrition in Malawi. Since 2007, we have worked closely with both UNICEF and the Government to meet demand. We started manufacturing in Lilongwe in 2007 and have since produced over 35 million sachets, enabling over 300,000 children to be treated.
Since 2013, Exagris Africa has come on board as a Joint Venture partner and this has transformed Valid Nutrition Malawi into a unique and innovative social impact enterprise, comprising a private sector company and an Irish and UK Charity as the shareholders, each with distinct and complementary skills and reach.
LAUNCH OF RUCF
While we will continue to produce RUTF as well as to innovate with new recipes (with ingredients that are more suitable for local farmers to supply), our latest objective is to expand and develop a new market segment of products to prevent moderate and chronic malnutrition hence the introduction of this new product line of Ready-to-Use Complementary Food (RUCF), also called small quantity Lipid-based Nutrient Supplement (LNS-SQ).

The new product line in our Kanengo factory comprises of:

  • A filler machine, PMD Model Sigma 3, Vertical Form, Fill and Seal Machine with capabilities to do 20g – 150g sachet size, supplied by PMD Packaging Systems Pty Ltd from South Africa, under the USAID SATH matching grant between Valid Nutrition, USAID SATH and PMD.
  • Currently the machine is set to produce 20g sachets of the RUCF. The machine is designed to pack 50 sachets a minute, which translates to production output of 66,000 sachets (or 1.3MT) of product per day (22 hours production). With this rate, we can do 26.4MT of product per month, this is about 2,417 cartons of product each containing 546 sachets. One carton is sufficient to provide the necessary nutritional supplements for five children for four months.

The new product line brings in the following benefits to the country:

  • Extra employment opportunities for Malawi as additional staff workforce is added and trained to manage this skilled process;
  • Boosting agricultural production benefits to farmers by providing increased demand for groundnuts and other ingredients to support the new product;
  • Valid Nutrition is one of the first to manufacture this type of product within the Southern Africa region. In addition to substituting imports, this creates an export opportunity, thereby contributing to the economic potential for Malawi. As such, this is a great example of “Made in Malawi” in action;
  • It is also a strategic effort by the private sector to contribute to the SUN initiative
Pictured during a tour of the Valid Nutrition factory : Kumbukani Chirwa, USAID Program Management Specialist Nutrition; Tim de Borde, Chairman Valid Nutrition Malawi; Andrew Chinguwo, General Manager, Valid Nutrition Malawi; Frank Msiska, Chief Nutritionist, Ministry of Health; Littleton Tazewell, Mission Director, USAID Malawi

A tour of the Valid Nutrition factory – pictured: Kumbukani Chirwa, USAID Program Management Specialist Nutrition; Tim de Borde, Chairman Valid Nutrition Malawi; Andrew Chinguwo, General Manager, Valid Nutrition Malawi; Frank Msiska, Chief Nutritionist, Ministry of Health; Littleton Tazewell, Mission Director, USAID Malawi

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Valid Nutrition’s factory, Malawi – pictured: Frank Msiska, Ministry of Health; Gerry Cunningham, Irish Aid; Kumbukani Chirwa, USAID; Paul Murphy, Valid Nutrition; Dr. George Chithope-Mwale, Ministry of Health; Tim de Borde, and Andrew Chinguwo, Valid Nutrition; Littleton Tazewell, USAID; Trust Takudzwa Mlambo, WFP; Peter Akomo and Edward Mtsundano, Valid Nutrition.

Hon. Dr. Peter Kumpalume, MP, Minister of Health, Malawi speaking at the launch event.

Hon. Dr. Peter Kumpalume, MP, Minister of Health, Malawi speaking at the launch event.

 

For further information, please contact: Andrew Chinguwo, General Manager, Valid Nutrition Malawi andrewchinguwo@validnutrition.org +265 888368871

Or visit www.validnutrition.org

Updated 30 November 2016

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