Of the millions of children who have severe malnutrition, only 20–25% of them are able to access treatment. One of the ways to make treatment more accessible and affordable is through local RUTF production.
Kristin Kohlmann BS’13 Genetics and Global Health Certificate has a passion for keeping children healthy and well-fed. She found the perfect partner with Project Peanut Butter, a nonprofit that works to treat the most extreme form of malnutrition in children in Sub-Saharan Africa. Project Peanut Butter uses ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF) — a protein-rich, peanut butter-like paste that can be employed in homes — as an affordable treatment for malnutrition. RUTF has higher success rates than traditional milk-based formulas and has been instrumental in Kohlmann’s work. For her efforts, she received a 2019 Forward Under 40 Award from the Wisconsin Alumni Association. Kohlmann is now in Germany finishing her master’s degree in international health at Heidelberg University. In the future, she plans to resume her research in the field of acute malnutrition and is considering pursuing a Ph.D. go.wisc.edu/q25dy3