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.
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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May 20, 2013

"Soon he will be running..."

Little boy eating Plumpy
Little boy eating Plumpy'Nut in a Niger clinic

In today's update I wanted to share with you a new UNICEF video that highlights our PlumpyField partner in Niger, STA, and how the Plumpy'Nut they make is having a tremendous impact locally. STA, like us, manufactures Plumpy'Nut in order to reverse the effects of severe acute malnutrition in children under the age of five. As you will see in this video, their impact in reducing child malnutrition rates in Niger cannot be understated. 

There are many things that I enjoyed about this video, including that our Executive Director, Navyn Salem, was in Niger while it was being filmed, but most of all, I loved watching a little boy named Hassan eat Plumpy'Nut by the handful and hearing his mother say:  

"I'm so happy because I can see my child getting stronger and soon he will be running." 

Yes, I thought to myself, this says it all, so simply and so beautifully: "soon he will be running." Because of STA's work, and our work in Rhode Island, and the work of 11 other PlumpyField factories around the world, soon, so many more children will be running toward their mothers' arms and even farther toward their futures. 

Since Edesia started making Plumpy'Nut in March 2010, we have delivered about 250,000 boxes of Plumpy'Nut - enough to potentially fully treat 250,000 children diagnosed with severe acute malnutrition - to our humanitarian partners. Most recently we have shipped Plumpy'Nut to Burkina Faso and Chad, where the need is great. 

Thank you again for generously supporting our Global Giving project and our ongoing efforts to get more children and families running again throughout the Sahel. 

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May 20, 2013

Plumpy'Nut on its way to Ethiopia

Plumpy
Plumpy'Nut "Miracle" in a packet

I just wanted to send a brief update - from our Providence, Rhode Island factory - to let you know that 48,000 boxes of Plumpy'Nut are to be shipped from our warehouse to Ethiopia from now until October. This is enough of our peanut-based, therapeutic food to reach as many as 48,000 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition. Everyone who works at Edesia feels grateful to be part of the manufacturing process that helps get Plumpy'Nut into the hands of children - through our humanitarian partners on the ground, who are on the frontlines of saving young lives every day. 

It's interesting to note that Ethiopia, in the heart of the Horn of Africa, has made remarkable progress over recent years in reducing child mortality rates. As you can see in the attached PDF document, in 1990, some 198 children out of 1,000 in Ethiopia died before the age of five. In 2011, that number dropped to 77, and progress continues. We like to think that stronger community-based health and nutrition programs, which include therapeutic foods like Plumpy'Nut, are indeed helping and having an impact. 

A heartfelt thank you, from all of us at Edesia, for your continued support of our project that is helping give children and families health and hope. 

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