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Biomedical approach not enough to tackle childhood stunting

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, January 24 2020   /  01:08 am

The high prevalence of stunting in Indonesia has driven the government, in collaboration with the Australian government and Nutrition International, to launch a joint program focusing on the distribution of micronutrients in East Java and East Nusa Tenggara (NTT).Experts, however, say this biomedical approach is insufficient.Due to the still high prevalence of anemia, the government has created a project called BISA that will be first applied in West Java and NTT in April 2020.The program will reinforce the distribution of iron supplements among teenage girls in schools that will increase red blood cell counts."In 2019, the number of people with the risk of stunting in Indonesia was still considered high at 27.7 percent. Meanwhile, East Nusa Tenggara was still the province with the highest number of stunting at 42.6 percent last year, which means four out of 10 children in the province h...