Indonesia’s Vice President recognises the need to overcome stunting
On 8 August 2017, Indonesia’s Vice President held a plenary meeting in his office on the problem of stunted children. According to the Health Affairs Ministry, around 37 percent, or approximately 9 million children, under five in Indonesia have stunted growth and such cases are spread throughout Indonesia.
We are talking about the future of the nation because the future depends on children and their health. We do not want to create a nation with stunted children. Hence, it (stunting problem) should be overcome,”
Jusuf Kalla, Vice President, Indonesia.
In recognising the problem of stunting across the nation and the impact it has on the future economic potential of the country, the Vice President committed to government-led efforts. He stated that the government will continue to improve the nutrition of infants and toddlers, with the hope that there will no longer be stunted growth in children.
The meeting follows a recent visit of World Bank President Jim Yong Kim who raised the importance of investing in the “early years” so that every child can reach their full potential.
Related links to stunting in Indonesia
- Antara News: Government improves nutrition to avoid stunted growth in children: Kalla
- Netral News: Indonesia is in the Group of Countries with the Worst Stunting Conditions
- World Bank Press Release: World Bank Group President to visit Indonesia
- Jakarta post opinion piece: Indonesia’s future depends on its investments now
— Jim Yong Kim (@JimYongKim) July 25, 2017
— Kemendesa PDTT (@KemenDesa) August 9, 2017