Indonesia Ranked Fifth in World Malnutrition Index

Jumat, 20 Januari 2012 | 07:32

Health Minister Endang Rahayu Sedyaningsih says Indonesia is currently ranked fifth on the list of countries with the highest malnutrition rates worldwide.However, she said, the rank was due to the large population. “Indonesia is also ranked fourth on the list of most populated country in the world,” she said in a press conference yesterday.

Endang said there were currently 900,000 malnourished children under five years old in Indonesia, or 4.5 percent of the total of 23 million toddlers. The rates of malnutrition are high not only in eastern Indonesia but across the country.

To tackle this issue, the Health Ministry launched the “First 1,000 Days for the Country” program this year. The budget reached Rp700 billion and comes from the state budget as well as foreign aid amounting US$31 million.

The program focuses on improving nutrition within the first 1,000 days of a baby. The program will run in West Java, East Java, Gorontalo, West Nusa Tenggara, East Nusa Tenggara and West Sulawesi.

“The program begins from when the baby is in the womb until the age of two. Certainly, it will not stop there because there is a program for toddlers, teenagers and pregnant mothers as well,” said Endang.

The movement is organized by the Health Ministry, in cooperation with the agriculture, industry, maritime and trade ministries, as well as non-governmental actors.


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