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Jakarta Post

Child growth stunting holds back Indonesia’s future

  • Isabelle Harris

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, February 19 2020   /  02:30 am

Education first: Caregivers take part in an in-home training session to learn about the importance of nutrition and sanitation.It starts with a simple sticker, stuck to the wall of the main room in the family home by a volunteer with one goal: ending stunting in Indonesia.Stunting is when a child does not grow properly and fails to meet height averages that match their age, resulting in brain damage that causes issues such as low IQ and illness later in life.Currently, it affects one in three Indonesian children, or 35 percent of children under the age of 5, according to the World Bank.“In the places we’ve been to, food has never been the problem […] The problem is always insufficient micronutrients and hygiene,” says Valerie Krisni, an outreach coordinator at the 1,000 Days Fund, a group that is battling stunting with a promising pilot program.She also said that there was a stro...