Edesia, Inc.

Edesia's mission is to treat and prevent malnutrition for the world's most vulnerable populations. 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 18, 2015

Your impact in the Sahel

Parched earth in the Sahel
Parched earth in the Sahel

In 2012, our founder Navyn Salem visited Niger in the Sahel to visit nutrition clinics and see the impact of Plumpy'Nut firsthand. Before she even landed, she was immediately struck by the parched land and dry riverbed she saw outside the airplane window. She took the photo that I am sharing in this update. 

Three years later, the countries of the Sahel are still struggling to overcome the effects of living in such a harsh climate. The unfortunate consequence of continuous droughts is children not getting enough nutritious foods to help them survive and thrive. A child's growing body requires forty vitamins and minerals to achieve good health. That's what Plumpy'Nut helps provide in packets that are ready to go. At UNICEF-supported nutrition centers throughout the Sahel region, they are a godsend because they don't need the addition of water and won't spoil in the heat. And they work miracles. A severely malnourished child on the brink of death can fully recover in about seven weeks.

I wanted to let you know that in 2015, we have already shipped about 20,000 cartons of Plumpy'Nut from our Providence, Rhode Island factory to the Sahel region of Africa, specifically in Mali, Senegal, and Burkina Faso. This means that about 20,000 children benefitted from this life-saving peanut paste. Thank you for helping make these efforts all the more possible. 

If you are interested in learning more about the Sahel and the staggering numbers of children whose lives are in danger, please also see the link to a recent article about the dire situation in the Sahel. 

Thank you for your ongoing support of this important project. 

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Jun 17, 2015

Robert does not get sick as often

Robert benefits from Ekitobeero
Robert benefits from Ekitobeero

We just received this very inspiring report from Uganda about a little boy named Robert, who has benefitted from the Ekitobeero that was made in our Providence, Rhode Island factory.

Robert Kabagambe, 16 months old is the fifth and last born to Ms Orishaba Jeniffer who is a resident of Kabugu I cell, Ruhiira parish, Nyakitunda Subcounty, Isingiro district in Western Uganda. He started consuming Ekitobeero at six months old after he had been exclusively breastfed for the first six months of his life.

When asked how she feeds the Ekitobeero to the child, Orishaba, in the local dialect, says: ‘My boy likes the Ekitobeero so much. Sometimes he drinks maize porridge in which I have mixed the Ekitobeero and other times I mix it in his food, and he cleans his plate. Even when I simply give him a sachet to eat the Ekitobeero, he enjoys it so much.

According to Orishaba, Kabagambe does not get sick as often as the previous children and she attributes this to the variety of nutrients he derives from Ekitobeero.

Thank you for supporting this important project, which has already been so life changing for children like Robert. 

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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