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.
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.

Jun 24, 2013

Saving Nico

Nico with his weekly supply of Plumpy
Nico with his weekly supply of Plumpy'Nut

"After eating the Plumpy'Nut, he was walking and talking and his appetite increased," says a young mother in the DR Congo. As you will see in this compelling video from Action Against Hunger (click on the link below), her son, Nico, was not doing well when he first arrived at the health clinic. And yet, because of the comprehensive services offered through the health clinic and the availability of Plumpy'Nut, her son was able to fully recover - walking and talking again like a little boy should. 

Starting in May of this year and into June, Edesia has been fulfilling an order for 20,202 boxes of Plumpy'Nut for another partner on the ground in the DR Congo (UNICEF), to help children just like Nico make full recoveries back to good health. This means that potentially 20,202 children can be fully treated over a course of 7 weeks (on average), eating three sachets per day.

I am always encouraged to see videos showing the dramatic impact Plumpy'Nut is having in the lives of children all around the world, and I know you will be too. 

Thank you, as always, for your partnership with Edesia. 

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