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Jakarta Post

Higher milk consumption could help curb stunting: Experts

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, May 8, 2019   /  09:19 pm
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Got milk?: Consuming more milk and focused programs on animal protein intake could help reduce childhood stunting in Indonesia.(Shutterstock/nafterphoto)

As Indonesia continues its fight against stunting, experts say increasing milk consumption could be a solution for tackling the country's persisting malnutrition problem. The prevalence of stunting in Indonesia's child population remains high, although it saw a decrease to 30.8 percent in 2018 from 37.2 percent in 2013, according to the Health Ministry's 2018 Basic Health Research (Riskesdas). Still, the figure is higher than the 20 percent standard of the World Health Organization (WHO). The government aims to further reduce the prevalence of stunted children to 28 percent this year. Ahmad Syafiq, who heads the University of Indonesia's Center for Nutrition and Health Studies, said the government should focus on animal protein intake to curb childhood stunting.  He said the government's efforts to pro...