The need for good quality multi nutrient supplement for vulnerable groups especially in rural areas is significant and will play an important role in bridging the nutritional deficiencies. Current multi nutrient supplements available in the market (Horlicks, Bournvita, etc.) are beyond the reach of the economically weaker sections and hence school-going children are unable to get these supplements daily.
SaiSure – Multi Nutrient Supplement is a malt based composition for children in the age group of 6-16 years designed to meet 50% of the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of most of the Micro Nutrients. SaiSure is available in Vanilla, Chocolate and Almond flavors. SaiSure can be scaled up and expanded rapidly since it is easy to prepare, is quite cost-effective, and can distributed with milk which is provided by some states at Government schools.
SaiSure is manufactured in a FSSAI Licensed, FDA approved, WHO-GMP certified manufacturing facility in Bangalore with the highest quality standards. The compositions have been approved by CFTRI, Mysore and the State Food Laboratory, Bangalore.
Below testimonial statements from Annapoorna’s panel of doctors and nutritionists about SaiSure highlight its nutritional content and its impact on school children. Additionally, the formulation in Almond flavor was scientifically piloted in 10 schools in Chikkaballapur district of Karnataka integrating with the Ksheera bhagya program, where 10 grams of SaiSure for Children was mixed with 150 ml of Milk. A small study of 95 random samples out of 700 children followed up for 3 months showed that on average Hemoglobin levels improved by 6.1% from 11.6 to 12.3. While these are early results, an interventional study with large sample size with analysis of clinical and biochemical parameters is planned in the future to further evaluate the impact of SaiSure on children’s health.
In addition to a SaiSure formula for school-going children, specialized SaiSure formulas have been created for pregnant mothers and toddlers who constitute a large part of the vulnerable sections of our society.
According to the 2018 Global Nutrition Report, 45% of the under-five mortality in India is because of Malnutrition with high prevalence of maternal anaemia, childhood stunting and wasting. The energy and protein deficiency are both a consequence and a perpetual cause for poverty. Studies have shown that 70% of the rural Indian population also have Micro Nutrient deficiencies which hinder normal growth, development, cognition and immune system, potentially impeding the adult productivity.
SaiSure – for Pregnant Women is a Malt based ready to drink product (milk powder is one of the ingredient), blended with required Macro and Micronutrients including DHA (omega-3 fatty acid, docosahexaenoic acid) essential for healthy pregnancy, foetal growth and development. This is currently being piloted in Raipur, Palwal(Haryana), Yavatmal, Panvel (Maharashtra), Chikballapur, Belgaum, and Hassan(Karnataka) districts covering more than 4000 pregnant women in 60 PHC’s through Divine Mother and Child Health Program (DMCHP) – a preventive health initiative of Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Centres for Child Heart Care. DMCHP provides specialist Ante Natal services- totally free of cost in these districts in collaboration with the respective State Governments. By November 2019, the intention is to serve 1 lakh pregnant women.
SaiSure – for Toddlers is a novel Nutrition Supplement for Children of 6 months to 3 years. This along with SaiSure for Pregnant women will ensure the critical first 1000 days of nutrition in life of the child. will be made available at Primary Health Care Centres and Anganwadis across the country through Divine Mother and Child Health Program.