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How is malnutrition being reduced in developing countries?

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Air date: May 5, 2013

Host: Kathy Miller, MD

Healthcare Policy & Public Health
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Interview: Glenn Sullivan, Ph.D., former professor of food sciences at Purdue University, co-founder of Sustainable Nutrition International.



The United States Patent Office recently awarded a prestigious "Patent for Humanity" to Sustainable Nutrition International for developing supplements that help reduce malnutrition in developing countries. Sustainable Nutrition International focuses on the first few years of life, from conception to lactation and through childhood. Glenn Sullivan, Ph.D., says the organization has created a rice bran supplement powder that can be stirred in milk. In a pilot program with 67,000 children and 1,500 lactating mothers, Sustainable Nutritional International reduced malnutrition rates from 38 percent to 5 percent in 10 months. The eventual goal is to license the supplement powder and sell it to the developing countries.

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