In November in Corporant, Haiti, in the country’s Central Plateau, Partners In Health (PIH), Abbott and its foundation, the Abbott Fund, opened a new 18,000-sq.-ft. (1,672-sq.-m.) nutrition production facility (pictured) for "Nourimanba," a life-saving treatment for severe malnutrition in children.
"Producing Nourimanba at the new facility will help PIH and Zanmi Lasante to continue providing free, high-quality treatment for children at our clinics across the region," said Ophelia Dahl, PIH co-founder and executive director. (Zanmi Lasante is Haitian Creole for Partners in Health.) "The impact of this partnership goes well beyond a building. As an employer and a customer for local farmers, this facility aims to spark a cluster of economic activity that is desperately needed in the region."
The facility was built primarily by Haitian workers, with technical support from more than 50 Abbott engineers, scientists and other experts. Designed to meet international standards for food products, it includes modern laboratories and testing technology, with extensive quality and safety procedures. At the same time, the facility was built to be appropriate for Haiti, with rugged equipment that requires little maintenance.
The main ingredient in Nourimanba is locally sourced peanuts grown by Haitian farmers. Through the partnership, a pilot program is providing support for approximately 300 farmers to improve the quality and quantity of the peanut supply needed for the facility, while increasing farmer incomes and the overall competitiveness of the local peanut agricultural sector.