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Jakarta Post

Fatherly love: Dads step up to plate for child health in East Flores

  • Hengky Ola Sura

    The Jakarta Post

Larantuka, East Flores   /   Fri, March 6, 2020   /  03:36 pm
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Fatherly love: Fathers hold their children at a Posyandu in Boru Kedang village in East Flores, East Nusa Tenggara, on Feb. 21.(JP/Hengky Ola Sura)

Integrated health services posts (Posyandu) are synonymous with mothers and their children who visit them to access basic child health care. But for one Posyandu in East Flores, East Nusa Tenggara, where traditional gender roles are being challenged, this is not always the norm. It has been common practice for fathers to take their children to the local Posyandu in Boru Kedang village, Wulanggitang district, ever since village authorities introduced the Posyandu Bapak (Father for Posyandu) program five years ago. The initiative came from village head Darius Don Boruk, who in 2015 gathered his subordinates and the village midwife to look into his idea of designing the program. Darius said he believed that child development and health were the responsibility of both parents, not just the mother. When Darius began introducing his plan to the villagers, some residents responded w...