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.
Mar 1, 2016

Exciting News From Edesia's Founder Navyn Salem

Edesia 2015 Year in Review
Edesia 2015 Year in Review

2015 was truly an incredible year for Edesia. In our humble little factory in Providence, Rhode Island, we broke all of our old records and helped one million malnourished children along the way.

Six years ago when we opened Edesia's first factory, images of Haitians desperate to overcome the tragic earthquake kept our hearts racing while we worked relentlessly to fill orders going to Port-au-Prince. Now we're working around the clock to ship orders to Syria and Ethiopia and dozens of other countries in deep crisis. We're moving as fast as ever, because severely malnourished children can't wait.

Edesia 2.0 is finally here, which means in the year to come and beyond, we can help more malnourished children than ever before. If you aren't up to speed on what "Edesia 2.0" means, let me explain. For most of 2015, builders were hard at work, constructing a brand-new, state-of-the-art factory for Edesia in North Kingstown, Rhode Island. We got the keys last week. We're celebrating our grand opening in a big way on May 6, 2016.

A brand-new factory — with the potential to help two million malnourished children a year — is a beautiful thing. For the first time, we'll have loading docks connected to our very own warehouse. There’s an innovation center where expanded research and development efforts will help us find new ways to reach more people with our ready-to-use foods. The quality lab, which we rely on to keep our products safe, is about three times the size of the one we use now.

After my team relocates to Edesia 2.0 in the spring, we will have more space to brainstorm answers to the complex questions that keep our hearts racing, but really, our main goal in moving was always to create a more lean and efficient factory. The more we reduce our costs, the more malnourished children we can reach with the same dollar—and this is the equation that drives the humanity of what we do.

Thank you again for being part of Edesia's tireless efforts to not only build a new factory but a new world where no child is malnourished. 

Navyn Salem, Founder and CEO

P.S. Not only did we build a new factory, we also built a new logo and a new website. Check it out and let us know what you think.

Jan 20, 2016

Aiding a population on the brink in Ethiopia

Photo Credit: Navyn Salem
Photo Credit: Navyn Salem


With your support Edesia shipped life-saving, ready-to-use foods, Plumpy’Nut and Plumpy’Sup to Ethiopia for children impacted by the worst drought the country has seen in the last 50 years. Additional shipments and supplies will continue as the crisis peaks in the coming months. The drought and impending famine is a result of an especially strong El Nino. The situation is dire and wreaking havoc on an already fragile health care system. In partnership with other non-government organizations and the Ethiopian government, Edesia is responding swiftly to support relief and recovery efforts so our products reach the most vulnerable populations.

Across Ethiopia children are being diagnosed with Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM). In one treatment clinic a young mother, Hawa, brought her one year old son, Mamo, (not his real name) for treatment. His upper arm circumference measurement (the best health indicator of malnutrition) was just 10.5cm (4 inches). Hawa immediately received a two week supply of ready-to-use therapeutic food (Plumpy’Nut) for him. Mamo and Hawa will receive follow-up treatments and supplies of Plumpy’Nut, 3-4 packets per day for about 4-7 weeks, until he is better and his arm circumference reaches at least 5 inches. At that point his treatment will likely be adapted to using ready-to-use supplementary food (Plumpy’Sup). Mamo will eat Plumpy’Sup with regular food to sustain him and keep him healthy through the lean season.

Thanks to you Edesia can reach as many children suffering from malnutrition as possible, like Mamo.  Saving the lives of malnourished children is the best investment in global health. Thank you for making an impact so children receive the support they need to lead healthy and productive lives.

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Dec 16, 2015

Your Support Matters in Impacting the Malnutrition Crisis in the Sahel

Your support saves the lives of vulnerable children who live in one of the most volatile climates on earth, the Sahel. The growing season of the Sahel got off to a poor start as a result of this year's powerful El Nino. Surrounding areas, impacted by the Ebola crisis and conflict, strained valuable resources that would have otherwise provided a safety net for what is anticipated to be a long lean season.  

1-year-old Naomi, whose life was saved after being treated for Severe Acute Malnutirion (SAM), clearly illustrates the impact of your contributions.  She was able to make a full recovery through treatment with Plumpy'Nut.

Naomi was treated with Plumpy’Nut, a peanut-based ready-to-use therapeutic food, and to the surprise of her mother and other family members, Naomi became healthy again. "I used to wonder what magic was in the treatment that made her recover so soon,” says Frances, Naomi's mother. “I was so surprised about the improvement in her look, just a few weeks after she started eating those packets.”

Nearly one half of all deaths in children under 5 are attributable to undernutrition which translates to about three million children each year. -- UN Source.

Thanks to you, we are saving children like Naomi so they are able to grow and thrive as all children should. Thank you for your ongoing support to the children of the Sahel.

 

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