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Ministry Combats Stunting Through National Nutrition Movement

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The campaign will target 1,028 schools and seek to prevent stunting through an exercise in which young women take blood-loaded tablets (TTDs).

JAKARTA (ANTARA) – The Indonesian Ministry of Health held a National Nutrition Action Campaign to curb cases of stunting in Indonesia by giving blood booster tablets to all young women in Indonesia.

“The campaign will target 1,028 schools to prevent stunting through a movement in which young women take blood-loaded tablets (TTDs),” Health Ministry Director Endan Smiwi said at a meeting here on Monday. said at a media briefing of the National Nutrition Action Movement. .

The campaign will start on October 26, 2022, with an estimated 1,395,000 participants out of a target total of 12,349,190 young women undergoing TTD in Indonesia.

Sumiwi said stunting is a condition of failure to thrive in young children due to poor nutritional intake, repeated infections, and lack of nutritional stimulation.

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The government aims to reduce Indonesia’s stunting rate from 24% in 2021 to 14% in 2024.

“President Joko Widodo said this would not be an easy goal. However, he was optimistic that with proper management in the field, the goal could be achieved. The key is managing implementation in the field. it is,” she added.

Sumiwi said the measure requires joint action by all parties.

Based on Ministry of Health stunting data, all babies born have a 23% risk of stunting and are less than 48% tall.

“The remaining 77%, or nearly 80%, occur postnatally. Specifically, we need two interventions, prenatal and postnatal,” she said.

She later added that the movement was one of government intervention efforts to prevent prenatal stunting.

Sumiwi said Presidential Regulation No. 72 of 2021 stipulates that young women receive iron tablets as they need to improve the nutritional status of their babies before they are born.

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“Even teenagers need to improve their nutritional intake as it affects adulthood and pregnancy.

According to data from the 2018 Basic Health Survey (Rikesdas) compiled by the Public Health Department of the Ministry of Health, cases of anemia or blood deficiency in young women remained very high, about 20% of the total population.

“26.8% were anemic between the ages of 5 and 14, and 32% were between the ages of 15 and 24,” she noted.

Additionally, about 76.2% of young women took iron supplements in the past 12 months, but only 1.4% took iron supplements as recommended.

“This exercise is important to increase consumption of iron tablets in young women while also improving their behavior of consuming a balanced diet,” she said.

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