Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Family Planning (KB) program is an important investment for Indonesian skilled human resources in the long term, according to the National Population and Family Planning Agency (BKKBN).
“One in four children under the age of five in Indonesia suffer from stunting, a condition marked by stunted growth due to malnutrition, repeated infections and unfavorable environmental stimulation,” noted the director of communication, information and education of the BKKBN, Eka Sulistia Ediningsih. in a written statement received here on Saturday.
Ediningsih pointed out that stunting has long term effects in children under five and has a dire impact on the future of children as the next generation in Indonesia.
In an effort to reduce child stunting in Indonesia, prevention and recovery are deemed necessary. Understanding the community is also an important part of expanding education about the effects of stunting, she noted.
Thus, the family planning program can fully support the commitment of the Indonesian government since it can reduce the prevalence rate of stunting to obtain superior human resources for an advanced Indonesia, Ediningsih said.
“Family planning is an important aspect that must be prepared after marriage. Family planning is part of stunting prevention efforts,” she said.
The BKKBN and its partners across the country have made continuous efforts to prevent the emergence of chronic diseases due to stunting in children.
One of the steps is to organize a series of activities to accelerate the reduction of stunting, such as family planning services for 148 beneficiaries at Sadewa Women and Children Hospital (RSKIA) in Sleman district, province of Yogyakarta, and the launch of the Foster Father program for families whose children are stunted.
The foster father program for families at risk of stunting is implemented by involving the Family Support Team (TPK), local government and families as foster fathers.
Later, the adoptive father will provide assistance to families at risk of stunting.
“Children with stunted growth need animal protein intake. The foster fathers will provide assistance to support the implementation of healthy kitchens by providing additional food from local foods or fish worth Rp 10,000 to the family every day for six months,” a- she explained.
The program involves the family assistance team, as supervisors, to ensure that the assistance provided is used optimally to meet the nutritional needs of the children.
In addition to planning births and intervening in child nutrition, BKKBN also continues to increase dissemination of information about stunting to the public by applying a cultural approach.
“Through a cultural approach, this message and this information will be more easily understood by the public,” she added.
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