This photograph by World Food Programme photographer Maria Smentak is a great illustration of the imact of this campaign in action. This mother fled, with her family in tow, from the conflict of her native country of the Central African Republic and is now living in the Timangolo refugee camp in Cameroon. She is carrying a month's supply of nutritious Plumpy'Sup, produced at Edesia in Rhode Island, back to her children. The World Food Program reports that more than 23,000 children who were suffering from acute and moderate malnutirion upon their arrival to Cameroon have been treated with these specialized nutritious foods and brought back to a healthy weight. In addition another 30,000 children under the age of 5 are receiving nutritious food supplements to prevent them from becoming malnourished in the first place. Thank you for making a difference and extending life-saving support to those who need it most. Children are one of the most vulnerable populations in conflict zones, and your contribution has helped them get through those tough times. Because of you they have the opportunity to grow to their full potential and go on to lead fulfilling productive lives.
"Food shortages and logistical challenges can have a negative impact on the the nutritional status of the children in the area. Therefore, WFP ensures that the stocks of the ready-to-use nutrient supplement - Plumpy’ Sup - are regularly refilled in the warehouse and ready for distribution as soon as needed."
It's not often that we at Edesia get to see where our ready-to-use food products go after they are shipped out of our warehouse in Rhode Island, because they are traveling so far to the hardest to reach regions of our world. But the World Food Programme recently posted a story and photographs from the Central African Republic (you can see it by clicking on the link below). There were many photos showing Edesia's efforts at work - the Plumpy'Sup sachets we made are now safely in a warehouse in Bossangoa, in the Ouham prefecture of Central African Republic.
I wanted to share this story and these photos with you as well, since you have been so committed to helping us reach as many children as possible in the Central African Republic. Plumpy'Sup, by the way, is very similar to Plumpy'Nut, but is made with soy flour instead of milk powder. It has the same power to help rehabilitate a severely malnourished child, because it contains the perfect balance of 40 vitamins and minerals, fats, carbs, and proteins a child needs to get better.
Thank you again for your generous giving. We appreicate your support and also the attention you give to this very important cause.
Whenever I walk through our factory in Providence, Rhode Island and see the red and white Plumpy'Nut boxes we make stacked high on pallets, I see them as the brave ambassadors of our work to help end childhood malnutrition, traveling great distances, over choppy seas and over unpaved land, to perilous places that most people wouldn't go without feeling total fear. That's why when I read blog posts from humanitarian aid workers who are there, on the ground experiencing the dangers first hand, I feel that they must be shared and spread widely.
In this post I am sharing (see link below) and which I hope you will share too, UNICEF Communications Specialist, Madeleine Logan, provides such a rare glimpse in the country that she calls "a little-known neighbor" of the DR Congo. It is real, raw, and heartbreaking ... and it explains perfectly why children are in crisis and need our help. The Central African Republic is so isolated from the world, it needs and deserves our attention to help it overcome the humanitarian disaster that is unfolding.
Just as a reminder in 2014, you helped us send 46,251 cartons of Plumpy'Sup to the Central African Republic or Cameroon (to help meet the needs of malnourished children from CAR living in refugee camps). That amount is enough to treat approximately 115,627 children. We also shipped about 5,016 cartons of Plumpy'Nut, enough to bring about 5,000 severely malnourished children back to life and good health in about 7 weeks. We also expect to ship out another 8,000 boxes of Plumpy'Nut at the end of January.
Thank you for your continued support of our work and making our efforts all the more possible.
Thank you so much for continuing to support our project to get lifesaving therapeutic and supplementary food to the Central African Republic where daily life continues to be stressful and precarious, especially for young children.
Today, I wanted to share with you a video that shows cartons of Plumpy'Sup made by Edesia being unloaded from a truck in Bangui for delivery at a children's health clinic, where Doctors Without Borders is working in partnership with the World Food Programme.
In 2014, we have sent 46,251 cartons of Plumpy'Sup to the Central African Republic. This number doesn't include the cartons we have shipped to Cameroon to help meet the needs of malnourished children from CAR living in refugee camps. That amount is enough to treat approximately 115,627 children.
We have also shipped about 2,740 cartons of Plumpy'Nut, enough to bring 2,740 severely malnourished children back to life and good health in about 7 weeks.
Our factory in Providence, Rhode Island is working around the clock to keep up with the demand for Plumpy'Nut and Plumpy'Sup. Thank you for recognizing the urgency and for continuing to partner with us to bring health and hope to the most vulnerable among us.
The Central African Republic (CAR) is going through incredibly difficult times and humanitarian agencies are struggling to keep up with the immense needs of this devastated country. They are also rushing to help the thousands of refugees who have fled CAR to neighboring Cameroon.
As you can well imagine, malnutrition rates in the region are exceptionally high, which is especially concerning for children under the age of five, who are less resilient than older children and adults. A malnourished toddler, without the nutrients to build a strong immune system, is more susceptible to illnesses such as pneumonia, infectious diarrhea, and malaria. And it is usually something as basic as diarrhea that leads to the diagnosis of severe acute malnutrition, where the child's body starts to shut down due to the lack of energy, nutrients, and electrolyte balance.
All of our efforts in our Rhode Island factory in the USA revolve around helping these severely malnourished children, who would only get worse if given a slice of bread or a plate of porridge. The ready-to-use foods we make are special because they don't cause more harm to a child, but help him or her heal quickly and in a matter of weeks.
Since the start of the year, Edesia has shipped over 27,718 boxes of Plumpy'Nut to our humanitarian partner in the region, and 16,456 boxes of Plumpy'Sup, which is given to children who have been diagnosed with moderate acute malnutrition, a slightly less alarming condition.
The photo attached to this report was Tweeted by the World Food Programme over the last weekend. It shows the Plumpy'Sup we made and shipped on its way to a refugee camp at the CAR/Cameroon border. The boxes look weary - due to the harsh, hot, humid conditions and rough roads - but the sachets inside are designed to be resilient and will be perfectly ready to bring much-needed, life-giving sustenance to malnourished children.
Thank you for your continued support of our project. Your gifts help make our work on behalf of malnourished children all the more possible.
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