Development and testing of locally-produced ready-to-use therapeutic and supplementary foods (RUTFs and RUSFs) in Cambodia: lessons learned

Bindi Borg*, Seema Mihrshahi, Arnaud Laillou, Sanne Sigh, Daream Sok, Remco Peters, Chhoun Chamnan, Jacques Berger, Sophonneary Prak, Nanna Roos, Mark Griffin, Frank T. Wieringa

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Abstract

Rates of childhood undernutrition are persistently high in Cambodia. Existing ready-to-use supplementary and therapeutic foods (RUSFs and RUTFs) have had limited acceptance and effectiveness. Therefore, our project developed and trialled a locally-produced, multiple micronutrient fortified lipid-based nutrient supplement (LNS) with therapeutic and supplementary versions. This ready-to-use food (RUF) is innovative in that, unlike many RUFs, it contains fish instead of milk. Development began in 2013 and the RUF was finalised in 2015. From 2015 until the present, both the RUTF and the RUSF versions were trialled for acceptability and effectiveness.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages9
JournalBMC Public Health
Volume19
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Aug 2019

Structured keywords

  • SPS Exercise, Nutrition and Health Sciences

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