Malnutrition is one of India’s greatest human development challenges. It is home to a very large number of malnourished children. Its impact on health, education, and economic productivity is a concern for the country’s prospects of economic growth.
Sri Sathya Sai Annapoorna Trust has been working towards effacing hunger and malnutrition in children. Over 1,200,000 school-going children in 24 States and 4 Union Territories of India are served Morning Nutrition. SaiSure is a Multi Nutrient Supplement Programme, launched in February 2019, designed to cater to the demands of vital macronutrients and micronutrients of a healthy individual. It is a malt-based composition for pregnant women, toddlers, preschool, and school children formulated to meet the protein, vitamin, and mineral requirements and designed to meet 50% of the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of most of the Micro-Nutrients.
The Trust has been addressing SAM and MAM (Severe and Moderately Acute) children, for whom SaiSure has proved to be a boon. It is a wholesome, free-of-cost, simple, scalable solution to bridge the nutrition gaps and meet the needs of combating malnutrition. The impact of SaiSure on children is remarkable. Besides improved health parameters, it has shown a reduction in the drop-out rate of children and an increase in punctuality and attendance, resulting in better academic performance. If a child is well fed, it is well nourished, which has a ripple effect leading to better health and hence better education. Better education leads to a better life and, thereby, a better nation.
With current multi-nutrient supplements available in the market beyond the reach of the economically weaker sections, SaiSure significantly focuses on individual and community-level initiatives to ensure all individuals have access to nutritious food options. SaiSure is available in vanilla and chocolate flavours. The children relish the taste of SaiSure, and it has received positive feedback from teachers, cooks, and the children. SaiSure is an example of Annapoorna Trust adding value to the milk scheme at Government schools where the government provides milk to children, while Annapoorna Trust adds the nutritional element in the form of the health mix.
The opening of the Multi Nutrition supplement manufacturing facility – SaiSure Nutritions LLP, on 14th January 2023 in Sathya Sai Grama, Muddenahalli, is a very important intervention in these lines. This is a 6-floor state-of-the-art facility with modern equipment to deliver quality product efficiently at a low cost. It can produce nearly 750 tonnes per month which can address the needs of close to 5 million beneficiaries.
Recently, a new variant called SaiSure Ragi variant has been introduced by Annapoorna Trust, which is being provided to school-going children in the states of Telangana, Maharashtra, and Tamil Nadu. Ragi, a simple and humble finger millet is a superfood which encompasses all the essential macronutrients such as carbohydrates, fibres, fats, and proteins, along with micronutrients like vitamins and minerals. A rich source of calcium and high on B complex vitamins, it is an excellent source of nutrition for growing children.
Proper nutrition for growing children is the need of the hour. The more these kinds of initiatives are taken, the better will result in the child’s health and overall development. These children are the future torchbearers of our nation. Annapoorna Trust will continue to play a leading part in providing quality Morning Nutrition to reach the end goal of creating a nourished society!