Our formula program unofficially started in 2007 as a way to empower families to be able to keep their children in their care while still being able to provide for their nutritional needs.
Infants who are malnourished and/or sick, or are on the brink of becoming so, can be admitted into our Formula program. For many infants, their mother can not produce milk or has passed away, resulting in them being underweight. We believe breastfeeding is best and would never admit a child who is able to do so, even if it means extra teaching with the mother. Our Haitian social workers do home visits to verify the families story before admitted a child, or soon after.
In July of 2011, COTP received a grant which provided us with enough Mamba to treat 30 children. COTP had been using Mamba for a few years on kids that were admitted here, but this grant allowed us to start a program to treat children from the community as well.
The Mamba Program is for children who are sick and malnourished and also for preventing children from becoming so. Mamba is a Ready-to Use Therapeutic Food made of ground roasted peanuts, powdered milk, cooking oil, sugar, vitamins, and minerals. It is made from locally grown peanuts and uses all local labor to grow, produce, and package the peanut butter, thus creating jobs in Haiti. Meds & Foods for Kids is the organization we recieve all our Mamba from. Their factory is located in Cap Haitien only 20 mins from COTP. Mamba is intended for children 6 months of age to 5 years old, who are moderately or severely malnourished. All a child has to do is eat a few table spoons of Mamba each day for 8-12 weeks, depending on their severity of malnutrition, and then the child will be plumped up to full health!