Saturday, August 21, 2010

Global Leader in Infant and Children's Nutrition

Mead Johnson Nutrition (MJN) is a global leader in infant and children's nutrition. Its mission is to create nutritional brands and products trusted to help give infants and children the best start in life. It is best known for its Enfa family of infant formulas as well as for its other children's nutritional products, including the Sustagen, Lactum and Alacta lines.

It was founded more than 100 years ago — and has been committed from its very beginning to earning the trust of parents and health care professionals by offering scientific evidence of the benefits of its products.

Through expanded research and development, the company was able to produce several products that were firsts of their kind in the U.S. They included, the first standardized cod liver oil; Pablum, the first fortified-pre-cooked cereal for infants; Nutramigen®, the first protein hydroloysate infant formula; and Vi-Sol®, the first water-soluble infant vitamins in drop-dosage form.

President Cory on Mead Johnson

In October 2006, during the centennial celebrations of the company in the country, former President Corazon Aquino said:

“A secret I discovered is the strong corporate social responsibility program which the company (Mead Johnson) pursues…I was made aware that Mead Johnson has been involved in a nationwide milk feeding program and is committed to make it even bigger in the coming years, to each out to more malnourished Filipino children…I hope to see [this] promulgated more and more…”
Since this partnership began, 25,000 children from 800 feeding centers in the poorest communities have been cared for. Eighty-five percent of these are no longer malnourished, and more than 90% of the children have manifested substantial weight gain.

In covered communities, the Feeding Hope program gives malnourished kids hot meals and milk, medical check-ups and treatments. Mothers are immersed in seminars and workshops that teach them about health, sanitation and parenting. They are also given the tools to be able to completely nourish their families.

Beyond the communities, the Pasiglahin ang Estudyanteng Pinoy (PEP) Program was also launched in schools. This program works with parents and teachers to help prevent children from dropping out of school because of malnutrition. Since then, the drop-out rate in the participating schools has been reduced to just less than 1%, significantly lower than the 33% national average.

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