Spirulina Rio da Huila
The Rio da Huila Hospital treats about 250 tuberculosis patients each year. However for lack of food, many of these patients abandon treatment, putting themselves and others at great risk. Spirulina algae will change this picture…
Presently 30% of patients abandon their treatment resulting in multi-drug resistance and 10% of patients die. Inadequate nutrition is the number 1 problem. Patients cannot recover from tuberculosis without good nutrition and those who lack food are more apt to abandon treatment.
The Spirulina Rio da Huila project will establish local and sustainable production of spirulina, algae high in protein, vitamins, and minerals for the benefit of malnourished tuberculosis patients and children. This first phase will establish small scale cultures of spirulina up to a volume of 100 liters and stock cultures in at least 3 locations. Second phase will produce the quantity needed for our target population of tuberculosis patients and malnourished children at Rio da Huila.