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Jakarta Post

Indonesia races against time to meet child stunting target

  • Elly Burhaini Faizal

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, March 16, 2021   /  02:19 am
Indonesia races against time to meet child stunting target A 1000 Hari volunteer explains the features of a height chart a mother in Rinca, on the fringes of Komodo National Park in East Nusa Tenggara, in this photo file. (Gumilang Aryo Sahadewo/-)

Only about three years remain for Indonesia to bring its child stunting rate down to the targeted 14 percent by 2024. As stunting in the country has shown signs of declining over the past five years, the target should be within reach, but now that the COVID-19 pandemic has put the health of women and children at further risk, many wonder if the goal is still achievable. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said at a national coordination meeting at the State Palace in Jakarta on Jan. 28 that fulfilling the target would be difficult. But he was optimistic that Indonesia would achieve it through hard work and good management – and considering its performance over the past five years.   Indonesia reduced the prevalence of stunting in children from 37 percent in 2016 to 27.6 percent in 2019. That is why National Development Planning Minister Suharso Monoarfa, who also ...