Malnutrition is a severe challenge across the world. Two categories of acute malnutrition are SAM and MAM. SAM (Severely Acute Malnutrition) children are identified by severe wasting, which is defined as low weight for height, and MAM (Moderately Acute Malnutrition) children are identified by moderate wasting. Many nutrition interventions led by the government and various organizations are tackling this huge problem in India.
Sri Sathya Sai Annapoorna Trust, in collaboration with Persistent Foundation, is starting an initiative to provide a nutritional health mix in the form of SaiSure to children who come under the category of SAM and MAM in Chikkaballapur, Chintamani, and Sidlaghatta taluk. Under this initiative, 4 pouches of SaiSure (500 gram each) will be provided to every child over the period of six months from July 2023 to December 2023.
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SaiSure launch for SAM and MAM children of Sidlaghatta taluk.
On 4th July, 2023, the program was launched in Sthree Shakthi Bhavan at Sidlaghatta taluk of Chikkaballapura district in the presence of Mr. Venkatesh Murthy – Taluk Health Officer, Mr. Nautaj – Child Development Project Officer and Mr. Devraj – Senior Health Inspector.
Addressing the gathering, Mr. Nautaj – Child Development Project Officer, spoke about the importance of nutrition for a growing child. He lovingly told the children not to consume junk food, instead to get accustomed to nutritious food. He also created an awareness by speaking about the Govt. of Karnataka sponsored Pushti nutrition powder in the gathering.
Mr. Kiran B.P – Regional Manager of Annapoorna Trust, Karnataka, talked about the presence of Annapoorna Trust in 23 states and 5 Union Territories, serving more than 30 lakh government school children. Mentioning that this project is supported by Persistent Foundation, he urged the community members to provide this health drink particularly to the children and assured them that over time, they would grow strong and healthy. He also spoke about the bane of usage of cell phones by young children and said they should rather be more engaged in outdoor physical activities. He mentioned that the malt based multi nutrient supplement, SaiSure, is designed for the growth of the child with essential vital nutrients and micronutrients. He concluded by expressing his gratitude to Persistent Foundation for its support for more children this year.
SaiSure launch for SAM and MAM children of Chintamani taluk.
On 6th July, 2023, SaiSure program was launched for the SAM and MAM children of Chintamani taluk at Women and Child Development Office in the presence of Mr. Mahesh Babu – Child Development Project Officer of Chintamani taluk, Mr. Bassappa Manjesh – Taluk Health Officer of Chintamani taluk and Mr. Mohammed Usman – Assistant Child Development Project Officer, Chintamani taluk.
SaiSure launch for SAM and MAM children of Chikkaballapur taluk.
SaiSure nutrition program was launched for SAM and MAM children of Chikkaballapur taluk on 7th July 2023, at Anganwadi Center, Nandhi, Chikkaballapur taluk, and district.
Mr. Gangadhariah – Child Development Project Officer of Chikkaballapur Taluk and District, Dr. Manjula – Taluk Health Officer of Chikkaballapur Taluk and District, Ms. K Priyanka – Poshan Abhiyan Coordinator of Chikkaballapur Taluk and District, and Dr. Manjunath – Health Officer of Chikkaballapur Taluk and District, were present at the launch event.
With an accelerated pace of Annapoorna volunteers to benefit more and more children, the vision of ‘Let No Child go to School Hungry, Ever!’ can be fulfilled.