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

mixing with water or refrigeration. RUTFs like Nourimanba can be given to children at home rather than in a hospital, avoiding the cost and complexity of in-patient treatment.

Innovative New Approach to Partnership

Going beyond traditional philanthropy, the PIH-Abbott partnership combines the unique expertise and resources of a non-profit organization and a for-profit business to empower local communities. The partnership is strongly focused on long-term sustainability, by empowering local communities and creating sustainable, market-based solutions through the future development and sale of locally appropriate, non-medical nutrition products by PIH.

"Severe childhood malnutrition is a complex problem in Haiti that demands innovative, local solutions," said Katherine Pickus, vice president, the Abbott Fund, and divisional vice president, Global Citizenship and Policy, Abbott. "As a longstanding leader in strengthening local communities in Haiti, Partners in Health has demonstrated a strong commitment to pioneering new approaches. Abbott and the Abbott Fund look forward to working together with Partners In Health to build a new nutrition production facility, train local staff and empower local communities to develop long-term solutions to malnutrition in Haiti."

The new initiative in Haiti is an extension of an ongoing partnership between PIH, Abbott and the Abbott Fund to expand access to health care in developing countries. Projects are addressing critical community needs in Haiti and countries in Africa, including establishing a women's health clinic in Lascahobas, Haiti, and building a rural hospital in Lisungwi, Malawi.  

The new initiative in Haiti also builds on Abbott's existing philanthropic partnerships to expand access to health care in Haiti. Since 2007, Abbott and the Abbott Fund have provided more than $48 million in grants and product donations to help address health needs in Haiti, including maternal and
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