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.
Nov 27, 2013

Happy and healthy in Burkina Faso

A child eating Plumpy
A child eating Plumpy'Nut in Burkina Faso

I just got back from a week in Burkina Faso in the Sahel region of Africa, where severe acute malnutrition is common in young children. It was a rare opportunity for me to see how our products, made here in Rhode Island, are making a difference to the lives of children so far away in a UNICEF-supported clinic. When we ship out our boxes, we can only imagine the children who are receiving them .... but this time, I got to actually see children holding our red and white sachets in their hands. 

At a nutrition clinic on the outskirts of Ougadougou, the nation's capital city, I was introduced to a group of mothers who had walked for miles in flip flops to get there with their baby or twin babies on their backs. I learned that the mothers had given Plumpy'Nut the nickname of "Chocolate" in their language. When asked what they thought of Plumpy'Nut, they all expressed with great big smiles how much their children love the taste.

 These babies were no longer skin and bones but happy and healthy because their Plumpy'Nut treatments were well underway. The clinic also offers education for the mothers about how to provide better nutrition for the future. 

There is such magic in good nutrition at the time when it's needed most. I was especially in awe of the health workers from this clinic who had gone out into the community to locate the malnourished children in the first place. They told me what a challenge it can be to convince a mother to make the long trek to get nutritional support. Very often, they find a father who is ashamed that he has not been able to fully provide for his family, so he does not want his wife and child to go. But when the health worker shows the parents the Plumpy'Nut and lets their child have some, they see how the clinic has something special to offer and they come to get more. 

This Thanksgiving, we are thankful to you for making this work of helping children like the ones I met in Burkina Faso all the more possible.  

Babies eating Plumpy
Babies eating Plumpy'Nut in Burkina Faso
Aug 21, 2013

Sahel update

Mothers and children in Niger receive Plumpy
Mothers and children in Niger receive Plumpy'Nut

According to a recent report from the Food and Agriculture Organization, it's the lean season in the Sahel region, which means severe food insecurity for over 10.3 million people. Of this great and troubling number, over 1.4 million children are in danger of becoming severely malnourished. I am sending a link so that you can be as informed as possible about the situation. 

The severely malnourished children affected by the lean season will likley need a ready-to-use-therapeutic food like Plumpy'Nut to keep their lives and health. This is why our factory continues to operate 20 hours a day to make and ship thousands of boxes of Plumpy'Nut and Plumpy'Sup (similar to Plumpy'Nut, but treats moderate acute malnutrition) to countries in this vast region, such as Chad, Niger, Mali, Senegal, Burkina Faso, and Cameroon.

Thank you so much for your continued support of this important cause of helping malnourish children get through this difficult time. 


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Aug 21, 2013

Horn of Africa update

A clinic in Ethiopia where Plumpy
A clinic in Ethiopia where Plumpy'Nut is given

Yesterday was World Humanitarian Day. It is a time to recognize those who face danger and adversity in order to help others. Since the summer of 2011, we have been sending thousands of boxes of Plumpy'Nut to the Horn of Africa region. Even though we don't know all of their names, we are so grateful to all of the humanitarian workers on the ground in this region that make the miracle of treatment with Plumpy'Nut possible. 

Two years after the height of the famine crisis, the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reports that, in the Horn of Africa, there have been some improvements in overall food security, livelihoods and the nutrition situation, but thousands of children remain in urgent need of life-saving interventions such as Plumpy'Nut - which is why we continue our work here at the factory in Providence, Rhode Island. 

Thank you for your commitment to humanitarian causes. You are helping transform the lives of those who are starting out with so little.

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