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Reducing stunting, fixing misconceptions

  • Nadhira Nuraini Afifa

Boston, Massachusetts, US   /   Mon, November 18 2019   /  01:37 am

The former head of the army hospital sported a broad smile as he headed to his inauguration. Terawan Agus Putranto is now health minister despite being involved in a controversial breach of medical ethics with his “brain-cleaning method”, which former stroke patients said had cured them. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has said he was now focusing on improving Indonesia’s human resources in his second and last term. To help accomplish that vision, the budget allocation for health care is projected to increase by 13 percent to Rp 132.2 trillion (US$9.4 billion) in 2020. Among the priorities of the Health Ministry are to strengthen early childhood health programs to fight the prevalence of stunting. Stunting is a condition of chronic malnutrition that occurs during critical periods of growth and development starting from the fetus. An estimated 30.2 percent of Indonesia’s childr...