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STUNTING PREVENTION

Nutritional intake in Indonesia is still an ongoing problem that has a serious impact on human devolepment, this malnutrition causes stunting and wasting in toddlers as well as the problem of anemia and chronic energy deficiency (CED) in pregnant women. The problem of malnutrition in pregnant women can ultimately lead to low birth weight (LBW) babies and malnutrition in toddlers. Nutritional problems are caused by direct causes such as unhealthy food intake and infectious diseases.

Stunting is a condition caused by chronic malnutrition that results in underweight and  children too short for their age, under the age of 5 

The period of the first 1000 days of life is a critical node, as the beginning of stunting occurs here and will then have a long-term impact that will affect them throughout their life. Stunting in children is a problem because it is associated with an increased risk of morbidity and death, disturbances in brain development, disturbances in motor development and stunted growth and mental health in children.

Growth that is not optimal in the fetal period and during the 1000 HPK period has long-term impacts, if external factors (after birth) do not support it, then stunted growth can become permanent as a short teenager. Tackling the problem of stunting must start long before a child is born (1000 HPK period) and even when the mother is a teenager to be able to break the chain of stunting in the life cycle.


The family has an important role in the growth and development of children. Therefore, family empowerment efforts are very necessary. Families are also required to have good awareness and knowledge about how to get and provide nutrition to children. Child nutritional status is a child's health condition which is determined by the degree of physical need for energy and other nutrients obtained from food and food whose physical impact is measured anthropometrically and categorized based on WHO standards with the indices BB/U, TB/U and BB/ TB. In general, children's nutritional problems are the impact of an imbalance between intake and output of nutrients (nutritional imbalance), namely intake that exceeds output or vice versa, in addition to errors in choosing foodstuffs to eat.

OBJECTIVES 

The aims of this project program are:

(1) Fulfillment of nutritional intake for toddlers
(2) Improving the nutritional status of stunted toddlers
(3) Improved healthy sanitation for families of stunted toddlers

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LOCATION & FOCUS

LOCATIONS: North Minahasa, North Sulawesi, Indonesia

FOCUSES:

  1. WASTE CLEANUP & MANAGEMENT
    Unsanitary conditions can cause diseases and other problems to occur leading to stunting.

  2. INCREASE EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION PROGRAMS (PAUD) AND TEACHERS 
    Proper education and understanding are important to Increase parents' and young women's knowledge, attitudes and skills for handling toddlers and pregnant women regarding PHBS, balanced nutrition, etc.

  3. NUTRITION CLASSES IN SCHOOLS
    To improve primary school children's understanding about nutrition, health, and proper diets.

  4. IMPROVING FOOD SECURITY
    A cause of poor nutrition can be caused not by lack of knowledge but of food security, creating vegetable gardens and can combat this.

  5. WORKSHOPS AND MEETINGS
    Workshops and meetings allow for the free flow of ideas creating a safer space to voice opinions or questions as well as allowing for sharing and relationships to occur.

  6. GENERAL MONITORING & EVALUATION 
    To maintain these projects it is imperative to monitor and evaluate until the program is able to self-reliant with knowledge and resources being shared amongst the participants and the wider community.

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This project is supported by  :

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