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Jakarta Post

Stunting: Indonesia’s most ‘Neglected’ issue

  • Marcel Thee


Jakarta   /   Thu, July 18 2019   /  02:54 am

Growing up: A 1000 Hari volunteer explains the features of a height chart to a mother in Rinca, on the fringes of Komodo National Park in East Nusa Tenggara. The province has a high stunting prevalence of 43 percent. (Photo by Gumilang Aryo Sahadewo)An upcoming seminar in Jakarta will discuss aspects of stunting, which affects one in three children in Indonesia.  Stunting was thrust into the spotlight during a debate between two then-vice-presidential candidates, Ma’aruf Amin and Sandiaga Uno. That moment in the televised debate brought attention to the issue. However, stunting prevention activist Zack Petersen says that most Indonesians do not realize how far-reaching the problem is in the country.“Indonesia’s best-kept secret is not its pristine beaches, rugged volcanoes or picturesque island getaways but its stunting rates, which sit on par with sub-Saharan Africa,” ...