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.
Mar 27, 2015

"She is growing very well"

Little girl in Uganda w/ community health worker
Little girl in Uganda w/ community health worker

Today I wanted to share with you the latest update from Uganda. We just received these photos and the wonderful news that this adorable little girl enrolled in the Ekitobeero program is doing well and growing up healthy.

This beautiful little girl is 15 months old and lives in Ruhiira parish with her family. She has been receiving Ekitobeero lipid-based nutrient supplements for 9 months and really enjoys it. Her Community Health Worker, Penelope Katubeho, visits her on a monthly basis and assesses her nutritional status by taking a measurement of her mid-upper arm circumference (MUAC). Both her mother and CHW note that she is growing very well.

These photos were taken during a visit by the study’s Data Safety and Monitoring Board. The mother brought out some packages of Ekitobeero to show the DSMB members and the little girl immediately lit up with excitement when she saw the packages and grabbed at them. She loves the taste of Ekitobeero and we are glad to know that it may be helping to prevent both acute and chronic malnutrition in young children living in the Ruhiira Millennium Village cluster area. 

Thank you again for supporting this worthy project to help strengthen children in Uganda - through nutritional interventions that come at a time when they need it most. 

Little girl eating Ekitobeero and getting healthy!
Little girl eating Ekitobeero and getting healthy!
Little girl from Uganda with her mother
Little girl from Uganda with her mother
Mar 24, 2015

Latest update from the Sahel

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Adoum's Story

"I already lost one child," says this mother in Chad "simply because I did not know what to do."

"Now we recognize malnutrition. That makes the difference."

These powerful quotes come from a recent video that I wanted to share with you today. It was first shared by the United Nation's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. It highlights two important things: 1. The crisis of malnutrition taking place in the Sahel (over 5.8 million children are malnourished - 1.4 million severely) and 2. The importance of education in eradicating childhood malnutrition in the region. 

This mother experienced the heartbreak of losing a child because the traditional healer she first visited did not know about the causes of malnutrition or the available treatments. Now, thanks to the community health workers at her local nutrition clinic - and the availability of lifesaving treatments like Plumpy'Nut - she is educated and her surviving child is well on his way to good health. 

Since the beginning of 2015, Edesia has shipped nearly 40,000 boxes to benefit children living in the Sahel region of Africa. This is enough to help treat about 40,000 severely malnourished children, since one box equals the average 7-week treatment for one child. 

As always, I wanted to thank you for making our work to help end childhood malnutrition in this region all the more possible. Your continued support of our project is much appreciated. 

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Jan 9, 2015

Latest update from Uganda

Sarah, a mother of six, feeds her child Ekitobeero
Sarah, a mother of six, feeds her child Ekitobeero

Preventing malnutrition is something that Edesia is particularly focused on, and you may be interested to know that we are the only factory in the United States that makes peanut-based, ready-to-use food products to prevent malnutrition and stunted growth in children under the age of two.

Yesterday I received a firsthand account and two photos from the team on the ground in Uganda who is helping monitor the distribution of Ekitobeero, the product that we made here in Rhode Island and shipped over. It provides a wonderful glimpse into the impact this project is having on children (and their mothers). 

Sarah Nayebare (Not her real name) is a mother of six. She stays in Paragoni village in Kabugu, Ruhiira parish, Isingiro district in Western Uganda. She is a peasant farmer and also runs a small shop in the trading centre, that’s how she provides food and other basic needs for her family. Rita, her 12-month old beautiful girl has been feeding on Ekitobeero as a supplement to her diet since she started eating food at six months.

When asked how she prepares the food, she replies,’ I prepare the usual foods, mix the Ekitobeero in the warm food and then feed the child. She adds, ‘This food is good as it does not need any cooking before feeding the child, so even in the rainy season when firewood is scarce or wet making cooking difficult, my baby can still eat the Ekitobeero without adding me an extra dish to cook. She really likes it and will finish the one sachet she is to eat per day. She can even recognize the sachet and will ‘demand to eat’ for it when she sees the sachet.’ Sarah says that her little girl is very healthy and growing well which she attributes to feeding her the Ekitobeero. 

Thank you again for your continued support of this important project benefitting children in Uganda. 

Sarah feeds her child Ekitobeero in rural Uganda
Sarah feeds her child Ekitobeero in rural Uganda

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