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Partners In Health, Abbott and the Abbott Fund Unite to Combat Severe Childhood Malnutrition in Haiti
Date:1/7/2011

BOSTON and ABBOTT PARK, Ill., Jan. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Partners In Health (PIH) and Abbott (NYSE: ABT) and its philanthropic foundation, the Abbott Fund, today announced a partnership to empower Haitians to create local solutions to the longstanding problem of severe malnutrition in Haiti. Together, PIH and Abbott plan to build a nutritional food production facility that will allow Haitians to produce locally-sourced, high-quality nutritious food products. The initiative also aims to empower local communities by creating local markets, supporting local farms and promoting economic development. The total value of this multi-year initiative is estimated at more than $6.5 million, including contributions from Abbott and the Abbott Fund, and the estimated value of ongoing expert consulting provided by Abbott employees.

"This ambitious partnership between PIH, Abbott and the Abbott Fund will help to address severe malnutrition in Haiti, while also serving as an example of how partnerships can help to provide economic empowerment for local communities," said Paul Farmer, co-founder of PIH. "PIH and Abbott experts are working shoulder to shoulder with Haitian farmers and community health workers to create local, sustainable solutions to treat malnutrition in children. By sharing the collective expertise and resources of business, non-profit organizations and civil society, we can help the people of Haiti build back better."

Production Facility to Meet Local Needs in Haiti

The new PIH nutritional production facility will be located near PIH's main hospital in Cange in Haiti's central plateau region. The facility initially will be focused on producing Nourimanba, PIH's nutritious, peanut-based, ready-to-use therapeutic food product, to treat severe childhood malnutrition. In the future, the new facility also could empower Haitians to develop and sell non-medica
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