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 29, 2012

Update on the Sahel

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Plumpy'Nut can bring a child back to life

Overall, the most recent news from the Sahel is more encouraging than discouraging. According to a recent report from July 2012 (see link below), the entire region benefited from good rainfall conditions in June and July, giving farmers a window of opportunity to plant crops, although Mauritania and Senegal are still reporting large rainfall deficits. There are ongoing threats, though, including swarms of locusts, ongoing instability in Mali, and high prices in the marketplace that prevent the poorest from eating well. 

In the midst of the crisis in the Sahel, UNICEF and its implementing partners on the ground have been doing everything possible to protect the most vulnerable children in the region. From our factory in Providence, Rhode Island, we recently shipped to UNICEF Chad some 5,000 boxes of Plumpy'Nut, the miracle peanut-paste that can literally bring a child suffering from severe acute malnutrition back to life. 

I just wanted to than you again for supporting our project. Your generosity made it possible for us to extend to UNICEF the lowest possible price, so that they in turn could reach as many children as possible. Of course, every dollar you donated made a difference, but your caring is what really made waves and inspired us.

From all of us at Edesia, thank you.

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Jun 26, 2012

Tackling severe acute malnutrition in the DR Congo

Baby Wabiwa
Baby Wabiwa

As you are already aware, the DR Congo often falls below the radar of the media's attention, so it's always encouraging to come across a positive story to share with you from this country in the heart of Africa. Today I wanted to share with you a blog post written by Elisabeth Anderson Rapport from Action Against Hunger, the partner that received Edesia's shipment of Plumpy'Nut. 

Here is an excerpt: 

"Every Thursday morning, Bitondo made the more than five mile trek with her daughter from Kalama to Kilambwigali, to the nearest outpatient centre, where nurses trained by ACF nurses are treating and monitoring acutely malnourished children during their weekly visits.

Bitondo says the journey was well worth it, as Wabiwa received high-quality nutritional therapy, including protein-dense ready-to-use therapeutic foods. These innovative foods have revolutionised the treatment of child malnutrition, allowing children to be treated at home, and enabling health actors to scale up nutritional programmes and reach more children than ever before."

It's heartening to know that Wabiwa's life was changed because of the Plumpy'Nut that was made in our Providence, Rhode Island factory.

Unfortunately for Wabiwa's country, the obstacles never cease. Today I read about another threat in the DR Congo that will most certainly affect the nutritional status of families, and especially young children like Wabiwa, whose bright futures' depend on proper nutrition in the first 1,000 days - from conception to age two. A virulent pest is taking the lives of thousands of goats and sheep. 

It is the poorest families in the DR Congo that rely on sheep and goats for their livelihoods and sustenance. My heart aches, thinking about all of the thousands of families that will be even less able to feed and care for themselves now, as a result of this latest threat. But I am encouraged that organizations like Action Against Hunger are on the ground, helping ensure that children get the nutritional support they need. 

Thank you for supporting our project. We appreciate your caring and your ongoing partnership with us. 

 

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Jun 5, 2012

Report from Niger: Seeing the Sahel up close

Madame Cisse, STA Niger
Madame Cisse, STA Niger

This week I am traveling in Niger in West Africa with my Director of Operations, Maria Kasparian. We are getting an up-close look at nutrition programs that use Plumpy'Nut to treat cases of severe acute malnutrition. But first, we visited our PlumpyField partner factory, STA, which is located in Niamey, the capital city.

STA's operation is so impressive. This year, they will supply enough Plumpy'Nut to fully treat 300,000 severely malnourished children in Niger. In operation since 2005, STA now employs 150 people. While they save lives, they are also lifting up the local economy. 

Today, I just wanted to share with you this photo (above) I took of STA's fearless leader, Madame Cisse, who makes the success of her factory possible. 

In 2012 so far, Edesia's factory in Providence, Rhode Island has produced and shipped nearly 85,000 boxes of Plumpy'Nut to countries in West Africa. That is enough to save the lives of 85,000 children. 

As you already know conflict, drought, and rising food prices throughout the vast Sahel region have spurned a food crisis that needs the world's urgent attention. We thank you for your continued support, and for sharing our project with your colleagues, family, and friends. Together, we can make sure that each child in the Sahel is kept safe from harm.

View of the dry Sahel region from the airplane
View of the dry Sahel region from the airplane
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