Thank Researchers for Developing Life Saving Antibiotic

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Target: Dr. Mark J. Manary and co-Authors

Goal: Thank researchers for studying malnutrition and for developing an antibiotic that will save thousands of lives

More than a million children die from malnutrition each year. There are 20 million malnourished children around the world. While the cause of malnutrition may seem obvious, the answer is not always straightforward. Many severely malnourished children do not recover, even when given proper treatment and food. Researchers and doctors have long been puzzled about the cause and treatment of malnourishment. Why do some children continue to grow and thrive, even with poor nutrition, while others wither away? A study lead by Dr. Mark Manary of Washington University, gained insight into the causes of malnutrition, and produced an antibiotic that effectively treats it. Thank Dr. Manary and his co-authors for working to improve the lives of hungry children worldwide.

While medicine has long known that malnutrition is not caused by lack of food alone and that proper food does not necessarily cure it, there have not been many controlled studies that target the contributing factors of malnutrition. The study recently performed by researchers from the University of Washington found that when children were given antibiotics in conjunction with fortified peanut butter, they had a much better survival rate than if they received nutritious food alone.

It is predicted that, when used in conjunction with nutrition replacement, using antibiotics to treat malnutrition could save thousands of children a year. Estimates show that if one million children are treated for malnutrition, this antibiotic could save 20,000 of those children that would have died if they received food alone. In Dr. Manary’s study, they found that around 85 percent of children recovered from malnutrition when given the proper food. However, when given the antibiotic, more than 90 percent of patients recovered. Sign the petition below, and thank Dr. Manary and his co-authors for developing this breakthrough in malnutrition treatment.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Dr. Manary,

Malnutrition affects 20 million children worldwide. Each year, 1 million children die because of malnutrition. While using fortified peanut butter significantly increased those children’s chances of survival, an alarming number of children died even after receiving proper nutrition and treatment. Thanks to the work of you and your co-authors, we now know more about malnutrition and more effective ways of treating it.

Using antibiotics in conjunction with fortified peanut butter and other restorative food could save thousands of lives a year and may help end the cycle of malnutrition. I would like to thank you for you work. Malnutrition is preventable, and yet millions still suffer from it. Hopefully continued good work will lead to further breakthroughs and treatment.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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