KFIE-supported innovation featured on BBC television

Originally published on October 6, 2015.

In mid-September, BBC’s “Focus on Africa” television program featured the innovative deworming solution developed by Feed the Future Kenya Innovation Engine (KFIE) awardee Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI).

KEMRI is working with Homeland Dairy Foods Ltd. to design and clinically evaluate a deworming school meal as a solution to intestinal parasites and an alternative to conventional deworming medication. UjiPlus porridge is fortified with paw paw fruit extracts, which have demonstrated deworming properties, as well as zinc, iron and vitamin A to increase nutritional value.

The KFIE project, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), awarded KEMRI $70,000 to support clinical trials of UjiPlus porridge. In addition, the project is providing KEMRI technical assistance in business planning, human resource and staff planning, and partnership strategy.

Recent results from the clinical trials in seven primary schools demonstrated 70 percent clearance of intestinal worms within a two month span.

Click here to watch the BBC “Focus on Africa” coverage of KEMRI and UjiPlus.

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