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Creating A Better Future For Indonesia

CREATING A BETTER FUTURE FOR INDONESIA

Posted : January 24, 2018

 JAKARTA – Tempo Media Group has held a ‘Dialogue at Tempo’ talkshow event on the theme of  nutrition and stunting. This time, the discussion was not only focused on the effects of stunting on a person’s health, but also stunting’s effects on the national economy. The event, "Creating a Better Future for Indonesia: Preventing Stunting, Improving Competitveness of the Nation", was held in Jakarta on Wednesday 24 January 2018, ahead of the National Nutrition Day.

In Indonesia, almost nine million children under the age of 5 experience stunted growth due to chronic malnutrition. This means Indonesia is the fifth most malnourished country in the world. "Stunting has the potential to make future generations the ‘lost generation’. Lack of nutrition at an early age can increase mortality rate among infants and children, make them more susceptible to illness, and  impair  brain development, thus decreasing overall cognitive ability,” said Fasli Jalal, a nutrition expert who also sits on the Board of Trustees of the Indonesian Medical Nutrition Society (PDGMI). 

High stunting rates will also be detrimental to Indonesia’s economy in the long term. According to a study conducted by Grantham and McGregor in 2007, stunted children will earn 20% less than children who grow optimally. "UNICEF estimates that stunting could also cause Gross Domestic Product to fall by 3%, while the Qureshy analysis in 2013 said stunting could drain Indonesia of up to Rp300 trillion per year," said Sri Enny Hartati, Director of the Institute for Development of Economics and Finance (INDEF).

The Government of Indonesia has made efforts to reduce stunting rates among children in Indonesia. Its target is to reduce the prevalence of stunting in children under two years old from 38% in 2013 to 28% by 2019. One of the efforts is to fulfill children’s nutrition needs in the first 1000 days of life, from fetus to age 2 years Efforts made by the government reveal the importance of investing in human resource development. If Indonesia’s children are healthy, smart and grow optimally, they will have greater potential, more able to improve the competitiveness of their nation moving into the future.

Targets and programs designed by the government will not be achieved without the support of various parties. Moreover, combating health problems is no mean feat. There are many aspects and parties involved in the efforts, two of those being the media and the wider community. Tempo sees stunting as a serious issue and one that the public must be more informed on. With the support of the Millennium Challenge Account - Indonesia (MCA-Indonesia), Tempo invited three experts to discuss the issue of child stunting: Fasli Jalal, Sri Enny Hartati, and Yanuar Nugroho (Deputy to the Presidential Chief of Staff). MCA-Indonesia's Community-Based Health and Nutrition to Reduce Stunting (CHNP), Iing Mursalin, also shared lessons learned from CHNP's implementation so far.

 

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