Malnutrition is a contributing factor to over half of all deaths of children. If a child does survive without the proper nutrition, the malnutrition can haunt her literally for the rest of her life. She may suffer from chronic health problems, stunted growth, and decreased mental capacity—which can hamper her educational and vocational achievement. In Indonesia, over 7.5 million children suffer from stunted growth due to malnutrition.
In response to the high instance of underweight and stunted children in the rural Indonesian districts of Dompu and Sikka, Plan Indonesia is implementing the Community Action to Improve Maternal and Child Nutrition Project. This three-year project aims to reduce under-nutrition among children below the age of 5 years, through a holistic approach that includes supporting maternal nutrition and education, improving health facilities, and promoting government support of the issues. The project will reach 4,593 girls and boys under five and 2,448 mothers and pregnant women.
We are helping to give young mothers in Indonesia the knowledge and resources to make sure their families are healthy. Through classes and support groups, they will learn about the benefits of breastfeeding, the basics of nutrition, how to grow and prepare food in safe conditions, and the importance of prenatal vitamins.
We are also working with the local government to secure their support for the project, so that the benefits of the project will continue for years to come.