Edesia, Inc.

Edesia's mission is to treat and prevent malnutrition for the world's most vulnerable children; our vision is a world in which all people have access to the basic human right of food and nutrition. We are committed to assuring that vulnerable individuals no longer suffer and die needlessly from malnutrition - a completely preventable condition. We treat all children as our own, and produce for them the lifesaving tools they need to overcome malnutrition and thrive. We act now, because the cost of inaction is too great.
Jul 15, 2014

Latest report from Uganda

Child eating Ekitobeero in Uganda
Child eating Ekitobeero in Uganda

Thank you for supporting our project to help nourish 300 Ugandan children. We just received a quarterly progress report from our Millenium Village partner in Uganda. They shared with us the above photo of a happy, healthy child eating Ekitobeero along with the encouraging news that the project is going very well: 

"The feeding interventions are going well. Every four weeks, caregivers of enrolled child participants are able to pick up food supplements at their nearest health facility. At the ‘food distribution’ day, a demonstration of how to prepare and feed the supplement is provided for newly enrolled caregivers. In addition, the Community Health Workers (CHWs) use their counseling cards and instructional handouts to encourage improved Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) practices more generally and to ensure that the caregivers continue breastfeeding and practice good hygiene behaviors. The instructional handouts are translated into Runyankore, the local language, and provided to caregivers at their first pick up take home. All groups receive the IYCF handout along with the instructional handout for their particular feeding intervention."

To date, 206 Ugandan children have received Ekitobeero. This number is expected to grow when a second shipment of Ekitobeero is received in November.

Thank you again for supporting this important project to help Uganda children not only survive but thrive. We will update you with further progress reports later this year.

Jul 8, 2014

Plumpy'Nut and Plumpy'Sup helping malnourished children in CAR

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Plumpy'Sup heads to refugee camp in Cameroon

The Central African Republic (CAR) is going through incredibly difficult times and humanitarian agencies are struggling to keep up with the immense needs of this devastated country. They are also rushing to help the thousands of refugees who have fled CAR to neighboring Cameroon.

As you can well imagine, malnutrition rates in the region are exceptionally high, which is especially concerning for children under the age of five, who are less resilient than older children and adults. A malnourished toddler, without the nutrients to build a strong immune system, is more susceptible to illnesses such as pneumonia, infectious diarrhea, and malaria. And it is usually something as basic as diarrhea that leads to the diagnosis of severe acute malnutrition, where the child's body starts to shut down due to the lack of energy, nutrients, and electrolyte balance. 

All of our efforts in our Rhode Island factory in the USA revolve around helping these severely malnourished children, who would only get worse if given a slice of bread or a plate of porridge. The ready-to-use foods we make are special because they don't cause more harm to a child, but help him or her heal quickly and in a matter of weeks. 

Since the start of the year, Edesia has shipped over 27,718 boxes of Plumpy'Nut to our humanitarian partner in the region, and 16,456 boxes of Plumpy'Sup, which is given to children who have been diagnosed with moderate acute malnutrition, a slightly less alarming condition. 

The photo attached to this report was Tweeted by the World Food Programme over the last weekend. It shows the Plumpy'Sup we made and shipped on its way to a refugee camp at the CAR/Cameroon border. The boxes look weary - due to the harsh, hot, humid conditions and rough roads - but the sachets inside are designed to be resilient and will be perfectly ready to bring much-needed, life-giving sustenance to malnourished children. 

Thank you for your continued support of our project. Your gifts help make our work on behalf of malnourished children all the more possible. 

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Plumpy'Nut and Plumpy'Sup for acute malnutrition
Jun 17, 2014

You helped us reach 283,540 malnourished children

A little boy in Burkina Faso receives Plumpy
A little boy in Burkina Faso receives Plumpy'Nut

The Sahel region of Africa is vast, spanning nine countries—Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, The Gambia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal. In the attached video, Fabienne Pompey, of the World Food Programme, reminds us that there are five million children younger than five in the region who urgently need help recovering from severe malnutrition. 

No single organization can reach all five million children alone, but we can each do our part. Your donations to Edesia help us to send more supplies of Plumpy'Nut and Plumpy'Sup to our humanitarian partners, which means more children can be reached. 

Here is an update on how many cartons we have shipped to the Sahel region since the start of 2014:

  • Burkina Faso: 18,190 cartons of Plumpy'Nut/RUTF - enough to treat 18,190 children with severe acute malnutrition (SAM).
  • Cameroon: 5,500 cartons of Plumpy'Nut - enough to treat 5,500 children with SAM; 33,350 cartons of Plumpy'Sup - enough to treat 83,825 children with moderate acute malnutrition (MAM). 
  • Chad: 15,000 cartons of Plumpy'Nut - enough to treat 15,000 children with SAM.
  • Mali: 18,300 cartons of Plumpy'Nut - enough to treat 18,300 children with SAM.  
  • Mauritania: 2,300 cartons of Plumpy'Sup - enough to treat 4,600 children with MAM; 2,300 cartons of Plumpy'Nut - enough to treat 2,300 children with SAM.
  • Niger: 4,600 cartons of Plumpy'Sup, enough to treat 4,600 children with MAM. 

All of this adds up to Edesia manufacturing and shipping nutritious food aid to 283,540 children in the Sahel region.

Thank you so much for your support, which makes our efforts on behalf of these children all the more possible. 

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