Amway intensifies its fight against childhood malnutrition in India
Launches micronutrient supplement – Nutrilite Little Bits to support Govt. of India’s National Nutrition Mission
Around the world, Amway has been taking on the issue of malnutrition, helping thousands of children live better, healthier lives. In India, Amway is fighting childhood malnutrition through its globally renowned nutrition program – Power of 5, helping children under the age of six to lead a healthy life. Stepping up its efforts in nutrition education and intervention, the company has announced the launch of an innovative micronutrient supplement – Nutrilite Little Bits™ –providing daily essential vitamins and minerals to help manage micronutrient deficiency such as anemia.
Over the years, malnutrition has become a silent pandemic across geographies, which is now accelerated by the current health scenario. Talking about Amway’s efforts in fighting malnutrition, especially among small children, Amway India CEO, Anshu Budhraja, said, “We believe in going beyond the traditional ways of doing business. In line with this thought and aligning to the Government of India’s National Nutrition Mission, we initiated a nutrition education program, Power of 5 in 2018 that has so far benefitted over 130000 underprivileged people including 36000 children in India. Further, leveraging our expertise in the nutrition and wellness space, we have combined our products, resources, and operations with our values, to develop Nutrilite Little Bits. I am delighted to announce that we will be using Little Bits in our ever-expanding Power of 5 program to help children live better, healthier, and more empowered lives. I firmly believe the goal of economic development cannot be met without addressing social issues such as childhood malnutrition. While the problem requires a multi-faceted approach, we are hopeful that our ongoing nutrition program alongside our strategic intervention with Nutrilite Little Bits will make a significant positive impact. We are focused on channeling our efforts to support and help as many children as we can. Besides increasing our reach of the program to benefit 40000 children, we aim to distribute Little Bits among10000 children under professional supervision.”
Nutrilite Little Bits
What? Nutrilite™ Little Bits™ is the micronutrient supplement developed by Amway that provides essential vitamins and minerals. It is an odorless, flavorless micronutrient powder loaded with essential micronutrients such as vitamin A, D, E, C, B1, B2, B3, B6, and B12, folic acid, iron, zinc, copper, selenium, iodine and sodium
Why? To help manage micronutrient deficiency, including iron deficiency anemia in children under the age of 5
How? (Recommended Usage) For children in the age group of 3 – 6 years: 1 Sachet of 1 g daily with cooked meals such as Kichadi, Porridge, and rice
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), roughly 5.2 million children under age 5 die each year from preventable causes, and malnutrition is the underlying cause of 45 percent of these deaths globally (WHO) and 68% in India (Lancet). Deprivation of adequate nutrition during the first 1,000 days of a child’s life often leads to stunted growth, poor cognitive development, and low immunity to disease. To address nutrition inequities in children, Amway launched the Power of 5 campaign in India in 2018 and has benefitted over 25,000 children under-five and over 90,000 mothers and caregivers. Aligned with the Government of India’s National Nutrition Mission, the program offers holistic solutions to create awareness and implement educational interventions at the grassroots level. Currently, the second phase of the project is operational with the SRF Foundation, covering 40 villages in Nuh district, Haryana, benefiting 26000 children. The nutrition program – Power of 5 has so far benefitted over 130000 people, including 36000 children in India.
Further, extending its expertise in nutrition to support the numerous burdens of malnutrition, Amway developed Nutrilite Little Bits aligned with WHO guidelines. This micronutrient supplement is loaded with 16 essential vitamins and minerals, customized as per the RDA 2010 guidelines to suit the Indian market targeting malnourished children between the age of 3 – 6 years. When taken daily, Little Bits can help support a child’s health by providing nutrients required for proper growth and development. Amway plans to further expand the program across regions in the years to come. Under the project, Nutrilite Little Bits will be distributed free of cost to the malnourished children through partner NGOs in the existing project locations. This year, Amway India plans to distribute Nutrilite Little Bits to nearly 10000 children for a minimum period of 6 months to 1 year.
About Amway India CSR initiatives
- Amway India’s CSR initiatives are based on the belief that social responsibility is much more than the incurrence of a cost or a resource or a charitable/ philanthropic act of social benefit. It is an opportunity to bring in social innovation and change. This belief is articulated in Amway’s vision of helping people live better lives. When it comes to commitment to corporate citizenship, Amway India makes a serious and concentrated effort to reach out and help people improve their lives.
- Amway India supports a comprehensive CSR programme covering a gamut of initiatives including a water conservation project to improve the groundwater level in 7 villages in the Dindigul district located around the manufacturing plant. Amway supports a village health program targeted at 32 villages in the Dindigul district, to provide quality healthcare to the underprivileged.
- Amway India set up 5 telemedicine centres in the Dindigul district to ensure consistent healthcare support to the villagers. This program has eliminated distance barriers and improved access to medical services in distant rural communities. The centre aims at providing free medical treatment to over 35,000 patients in a year.
- Amway India as part of its Livelihood Skills program, has been promoting self-employment and entrepreneurship among underprivileged women. The program has benefitted over1000 underprivileged girls and women in the states of UP, Bihar, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, and Chennai.
- Amway India as part of its “Power of 5” program has been working to fight childhood malnutrition and benefitted over 130,000 people including 36,000 children.
- Amway has also taken various initiatives to support the cause of the visually impaired. Amway also supports underprivileged children in education, health and hygiene under a project titled ‘Sunrise’. Under this project, Amway currently supports more than 15 NGOs across the country.
- Amway India has been conferred with the ‘Golden Peacock CSR Award’.
- Amway India was recently awarded the CSR Times Awards 2021 for its invaluable contribution towards women’s livelihood program, Nari Shakti. Amway India has won the CSR Times Award four years in a row since 2018, towards eradicating malnutrition, water & soil conservation, the welfare of differently abled individuals, and now the empowerment of underprivileged women.
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New Delhi/Updated on: 28th February 2022