ACF has conducted a study to assess whether Ready to Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) should be added to the WHO essential medicines list (EML): RUTF-on-the-EML_CF-version.pdf (56 downloads) / RUTF-EML-FRENCH-20161.pdf (37 downloads)
While severe acute malnutrition (SAM) is included in the international list of diseases, RUTF has thus far had a hybrid status and has been handled in parallel to health systems for a long time. Based on the findings, ACF has filled in an application to add RUTF on the WHO EML. This application is also supported by UNICEF.
This is a fantastic opportunity to help bring more political attention to acute malnutrition, reinforce the integration of nutrition in health systems, improve coverage rates for SAM treatment and most importantly foster child survival. This would particularly be the case during emergencies, since donors then use the EML to determine which medicines they procure in priority.
ACF now has an opportunity to gather support from Governments, scientists and NGOs, and share this with the WHO EML secretariat before 24/02. They have thus drafted a letter of support for NGOs, which should be submitted for amendments by 17/02/2017 (see here).