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Protecting our young, ensuring our future

  • Fasli Jalal

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Jakarta   /   Sat, August 31, 2019   /  01:03 pm
Protecting our young, ensuring our future Students of SMP 1 state junior high school in Ngargoyoso carry flags in Sumilir Valley. (JP/Maksum Nur Fauzan )

Indonesia is at a crossroads. On one hand, our rising prosperity and declining poverty have set us up for opportunities that can give our future generations the best start in life. On the other hand, we need to urgently secure the health and well-being of these generations if they are to take up the mantle of this progress further. As we stand at the cusp of transition, looking ahead toward a more productive Indonesia, with stronger infrastructure and quality human resources, we must not forget to strengthen the foundation on which we will build our progress — our children. Child health and survival has improved in our nation over the years, with under-5 and infant mortality rates more than halving between 1990 and 2017 according to data from UNICEF. However, even as recently as in 2016 alone, at least 20,000 children under the age of 5 years died of pneumonia. This means we ...

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