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Project Peanut Butter Pediatrician to Give Fontbonne Commencement Address

SAINT LOUIS – Mark Manary, M.D., the Helene B. Roberson Professor of Pediatrics at Washington University School of Medicine and the founder of Project Peanut Butter, will address graduates at Fontbonne University’s spring commencement ceremonies, Saturday, May 21. The graduate commencement ceremony will take place at 10 a.m., followed by the undergraduate ceremony at 3 p.m., both in the Dunham Student Activity Center on Fontbonne’s Clayton campus.

After graduating from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis in 1982, Manary devoted his career to children, focusing specifically on the problem of childhood malnutrition. His work led him to Malawi, Africa, where he began exploring Ready to Use Therapeutic Foods in tandem with home-based therapy, a combination, he determined, that resulted in a 95 percent recovery rate in malnourished children.

Through research and collaboration, he developed Project Peanut Butter, a therapeutic program that effectively treats severe malnutrition. Project Peanut Butter distributes a specifically formulated “super food” primarily sourced and manufactured locally in Africa. The World Health Organization declared it the most effective method by which malnourished children should be restored to health. Project Peanut Butter has 21 main clinics, 50 supported sites and 90 affiliated clinics around the world, and to date, has helped save over 100,000 children.

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