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.
Oct 21, 2014

First-hand account from Ruhiira

A focus group of mothers and children
A focus group of mothers and children

The following is a first-hand account of how Ekitobeero is impacting the mothers and children in the Ruhiira region of Uganda. Written by Praneetha Vissapragada, an intern, it was just received today, along with some photos she took with her phone, which I also wanted to share. 

“Do you like Ekitobeero?” I asked the quietly attentive room.

“Yes” they said in unison, the word ringing in the air.

This happened yesterday in Nyakitunda health center during a focus group on Ekitobeero I conducted with 15 mothers receiving Ekitobeero. The mothers arrived in the small room of cement walls; the room damp from the rain outside amplifying the smell of the wooden benches and dirt on the floor.

The 15 mothers were of varying age; the youngest in her early 20s and the oldest in her 40s.  Some of the mothers had their babies with them cradled in their arms and cooed into being quiet during the hour-long focus group.

All of these women work on small farms and spend most of their day hurrying to plant matoke, or green bananas, during the short rainy season.

Most of them walk from these fields or their houses, sometimes an hour away, on muddy roads winding across hills to make it to Ekitobeero distribution.

When I asked what challenges these mothers faced, one mother, rocking her child in her lap, said in the local language, “The challenge is having enough food to feed your child. Sometimes even when there is food, there is no firewood to cook the food. When it rains at night, the wood is too wet to use for cooking so at times we cannot cook until dinner.”

This happens once or twice a week.

For me, it makes me question how much we take for granted.  Having grown up in the States, depending on rain and wood for meals everyday seems like a reality that would not exist in 2014. It strikes me that this not a page out of a history book but is daily life in Nyakitunda.

In this context where meals are uncertain, Ekitobeero serves as more than a supplement. It represents a guarantee that her 6-month child will have at least something to eat when the mother cannot provide food on her own.
This is the reality in the Nyakitunda and the many other villages in Ishingiro South District, where Ekitobeero serves as security against the rains and the harvest.

The resounding “yes” in that health center room now is much more understandable.

A mother and child enrolled in the program
A mother and child enrolled in the program
Ekitobeero made by Edesia in Uganda
Ekitobeero made by Edesia in Uganda
Oct 3, 2014

Shipment update for Central African Republic

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Edesia's Plumpy'Sup unloaded in Bangui

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. 

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Sep 16, 2014

Plumpy'Nut update

Little girl in Burkina Faso receives Plumpy
Little girl in Burkina Faso receives Plumpy'Nut

It has been a busy time at Edesia's factory in Providence, Rhode Island. We have been making our lifesaving ready-to-use foods 24 hours out of each work day, because so many children around the world suffering from acute malnutrition need our help. 

Since the start of 2014, we have shipped out 66,581 boxes of Plumpy'Nut to countries in the Sahel region of Africa, including to Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Mali, and Mauritania. That means that we have potentially helped save the lives of 66,581 children, because each carton contains 150 sachets - the exact amount needed to bring a severely malnourished child back to health.

You might also like to know that we have shipped 64,600 boxes of Plumpy'Sup to this region. This product is very similar to Plumpy'Nut in composition and calories but is formulated to benefit children who have moderate acute malnutrition, a slightly less severe diagnosis; 64,600 boxes is enough to help treat 161,500 children. 

Thank you for continuing to support our project. Your help makes our work to deliver the highest quality ready-to-use foods to the hardest-to-reach places on earth all the more possible. 

 
   

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