The formal Inauguration of State of the art “SaiSure Nutraceutical Facility” by Sadguru Sri Madhusudan Sai was held on 14th January 2023.
This 6-floor state-of-the-art nutraceutical facility at its full capacity can produce 750 Tons per month addressing the micro nutrition needs of close to 5 million beneficiaries comprising govt. school children, toddlers, pregnant women, and lactating mothers.
SaiSure Micronutrient Health Mix: Addresses ‘HIDDEN HUNGER’
SaiSure is a unique and much-needed micronutrient supplement programme for pregnant women, toddlers and children offered free of cost. The composition is conceived, keeping the demands of vital nutrients for normal progeny and potential future adult healthy life. It meets the protein, vitamin, and mineral requirements and is designed to meet 50% of the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of most of the Micro-Nutrients. It is a wholesome, free-of-cost, simple, scalable solution to bridge the nutrition gaps and meet the needs of combating malnutrition.
Over 1.2 million school children attending typically rural government schools across 23 states and 4 UTs of India covering 15000+ government schools are served this “SaiSure for children”. It is one of India’s most significant interventions in child nutrition security and “hidden hunger” management. Over 5000 pregnant women are provided “SaiSure for pregnant women” to ensure a healthy delivery. “SaiSure for Toddlers” will address the nutrition needs of babies between 6 months to 2 years.
Need of the hour: Setting up of “SaiSure Nutraceutical Facility” in Rural areas.
The urban-rural divide can affect access to nutraceutical facilities for growing children, adolescents, elders, pregnant women, and lactating mothers. There are typically more healthcare resources including nutraceutical facilities in urban areas. This can make it easier for urban children to receive the specialized care they need for nutritional deficiencies or disorders. However, in rural areas, access to healthcare resources and facilities may be more limited. This can make it more difficult for rural children to receive the same level of care as their urban counterparts.
Also, rural areas often have a higher prevalence of poverty, which can lead to a higher incidence of malnutrition and other nutritional issues. Nutritional facilities in rural areas may have fewer resources and staff to meet the needs of the population. Additionally, there may be limited transportation options and a lack of accessibility to these facilities, making it difficult for families to access care, especially for nutraceutical facilities.
Overall, the urban-rural divide can create disparities in access to nutraceutical facilities for children, with rural children facing more challenges in receiving the specialized care they need for their nutritional needs. Setting up the “SaiSure Nutraceutical Facility” at Chikkaballapur would help us to reduce the urban-rural divide. The facility is planned to distribute health supplements by collaborating with various NGOs and government organisations and making them available for retail purchase in rural areas.
Building a nation through nutrition requires a multi-sectoral approach that focuses on individual and community-level initiatives and policies to ensure that all individuals have access to nutritious food options and can make healthy food choices.