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Decreasing Stunting, What Are Our Contributions?

4 November 2022   09:02 Diperbarui: 4 November 2022   09:08 117
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ONE time when I asked one of the young family planning instructors, I said, can a child with the category of being born stunted be predictable from the start? The answer is uncertain.

Thus, it cannot also be judged that each couple will continue to give birth to offspring (children) with stunting status. This means that the stunting problem can still be prevented as much as possible with joint efforts and commitments starting from individuals as program targets.

To put it simply, let's start with a personal question: what healthy things are we doing now, or have we implemented a healthy lifestyle? A healthy lifestyle is an important key to escape the stunting cycle.

So what is a healthy lifestyle? In the book Sanatana Dharma written by Made Urip Dharmaputra, a healthy lifestyle is a lifestyle that pays attention to all aspects of health conditions ranging from food, drink, nutrition consumed and behavior or daily lifestyle (

Quoting from the official website of the Indonesian Ministry of Health written by, the ways to implement a healthy lifestyle include: doing 30 minutes of physical activity per day, regulating diet, maintaining ideal body weight, drinking 8 glasses of water per day, checking health regularly, get enough rest, and manage stress well. Have the seven patterns above become our lifestyle? let's start introspection.

The Government of Indonesia is Committed

The Government of the Republic of Indonesia is committed to freeing Indonesia's young generation from stunting. Through Presidential Regulation Number 72 of 2021 concerning the Acceleration of Stunting Reduction, the government is moving to develop strategies and programs to realize a stunting-free Indonesia by reducing the prevalence of stunting from 24.4 percent in 2021 to 14 percent in 2024.

Another thing we need to know together is that the government has also established the Five Pillars of the National Strategy for the Acceleration of Stunting Reduction which is part of the 2020-2024 RPJM, namely: Commitment and Vision of National and Regional Leadership, Communication of Behavior Change and Community Empowerment, Convergence of Specific and Sensitive Interventions. at the Center and the regions, Food Security and Nutrition, as well as Strengthening and Development of Systems, Data, Information, Research and Innovation. Through the BKKBN, a national action plan (RAN) has been prepared to accelerate the reduction of stunting in Indonesia (PASTI) which requires the attention and contribution of all parties.

Flashback before the issuance of a specific presidential regulation with the theme of accelerating the reduction of stunting, the government had previously made a stunting reduction strategy starting from 2018 to 2024, namely: Reducing Stunting Prevalence, Improving the Quality of Preparation for Family Life, Ensuring Fulfillment of Nutritional Intake, Improving Parenting Patterns , Improve Access and Quality of Health Services and improve access to drinking water and sanitation.

All of these strategies are very useful if they get the attention of the public in general, because stunting is a common problem that must be solved together with their respective roles and functions.

In fact, in order to be involved with other countries in the world in the concentration of child nutrition and nutrition, since December 2010 Indonesia has joined the global movement "Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) for a decade which seeks to improve nutrition for countries that support this movement (Scaling Up Nutrition Site).

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