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Jakarta Post

Malnutrition, measles in Papua spoil Nutrition Day

  • Nethy Dharma Somba/Marguerite Afra/Safrin La Batu

    The Jakarta Post

Jayapura/Jakarta   /   Fri, January 26 2018   /  12:39 am

Indonesia may be rich in resources but it has yet to prove it is able to feed its children well.

The world’s largest archipelago, which is listed among five countries with the highest number of stunting cases in the world, is currently under the spotlight for a measles outbreak and malnutrition, health issues that have claimed the lives of at least 90 children in Papua.

The government had failed to fulfill children’s need for nutrients because, in certain regions, people had limited access to food and parents were lacking in knowledge on eating healthy, said Bogor Institute of Agriculture nutritionist Dodik Briawan.

“Even children in urban areas can suffer from malnutrition if their parents don’t know what kinds of food their children need for physical and mental development,” he told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.

“Meanwhile, the one [health cris...