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Jakarta Post

Teenagers lend a helping hand to fight malnutrition

  • Yemris Fointuna

    The Jakarta Post

Atambua   /   Fri, February 19 2010   /  09:55 am

Yohanes Bere is an 18-year-old ojek motorcycle taxi driver. But he is often busy assisting mothers who took their babies and toddlers to an integrated health service post in Kekirence village in Belu regency, East Nusa Tenggara.

Without hesitation, he helps weigh the babies and toddlers, and provides breastfeeding mothers with knowledge about healthy lifestyles, including the importance of giving breast milk exclusively to newborn babies until they are at least six months old.

“I want to see the babies and toddlers I serve one day grow up into healthy generation,” said Yohanes, who learned to do the job through teaching himself and training from health officials and a medical team.

The teenager joined as a volunteer in the health post – locally known as posyandu – to help reduce malnutrition cases in the village.

“Now we no longer have malnourished b...