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.
May 1, 2015

A story and photos from the Central African Republic

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Edesia's Plumpy'Sup in action

"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. 

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Mar 27, 2015

"She is growing very well"

Little girl in Uganda w/ community health worker
Little girl in Uganda w/ community health worker

Today I wanted to share with you the latest update from Uganda. We just received these photos and the wonderful news that this adorable little girl enrolled in the Ekitobeero program is doing well and growing up healthy.

This beautiful little girl is 15 months old and lives in Ruhiira parish with her family. She has been receiving Ekitobeero lipid-based nutrient supplements for 9 months and really enjoys it. Her Community Health Worker, Penelope Katubeho, visits her on a monthly basis and assesses her nutritional status by taking a measurement of her mid-upper arm circumference (MUAC). Both her mother and CHW note that she is growing very well.

These photos were taken during a visit by the study’s Data Safety and Monitoring Board. The mother brought out some packages of Ekitobeero to show the DSMB members and the little girl immediately lit up with excitement when she saw the packages and grabbed at them. She loves the taste of Ekitobeero and we are glad to know that it may be helping to prevent both acute and chronic malnutrition in young children living in the Ruhiira Millennium Village cluster area. 

Thank you again for supporting this worthy project to help strengthen children in Uganda - through nutritional interventions that come at a time when they need it most. 

Little girl eating Ekitobeero and getting healthy!
Little girl eating Ekitobeero and getting healthy!
Little girl from Uganda with her mother
Little girl from Uganda with her mother
Mar 24, 2015

Latest update from the Sahel

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Adoum's Story

"I already lost one child," says this mother in Chad "simply because I did not know what to do."

"Now we recognize malnutrition. That makes the difference."

These powerful quotes come from a recent video that I wanted to share with you today. It was first shared by the United Nation's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. It highlights two important things: 1. The crisis of malnutrition taking place in the Sahel (over 5.8 million children are malnourished - 1.4 million severely) and 2. The importance of education in eradicating childhood malnutrition in the region. 

This mother experienced the heartbreak of losing a child because the traditional healer she first visited did not know about the causes of malnutrition or the available treatments. Now, thanks to the community health workers at her local nutrition clinic - and the availability of lifesaving treatments like Plumpy'Nut - she is educated and her surviving child is well on his way to good health. 

Since the beginning of 2015, Edesia has shipped nearly 40,000 boxes to benefit children living in the Sahel region of Africa. This is enough to help treat about 40,000 severely malnourished children, since one box equals the average 7-week treatment for one child. 

As always, I wanted to thank you for making our work to help end childhood malnutrition in this region all the more possible. Your continued support of our project is much appreciated. 

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