Saturday, 04 December 2021 | 20:15 WIB

Social Affairs Minister Set to Start Stunting Reduction Program in NTT

Indonesian Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini (kemsos)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Indonesian President Joko Widodo has emphasized to the relevant ministers to reduce the rate of stunting cases to 14% by 2024. The President has prioritized 10 provinces as regions for implementing the stunting reduction program.

The President has appointed the National Family Planning Coordinating Board (BKKBN) as the institution in charge and the chief executive in handling stunting. In implementing the stunting program, BKKBN will coordinate with ministries, agencies, as well as local governments.

Regarding the President's direction, Indonesian Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini said she was ready to work on following up the President's directive. In the initial step, the Minister of Social Affairs will cooperate with BKKBN.

"I will cooperate with BKKBN as the chief executive of the stunting reduction program. We will start this program from the province of East Nusa Tenggara (NTT)," said Tri Rismaharini, also known as Risma, in a press conference at the Ministry of Social Affairs office on Monday (05/31/2021).

According to the Minister of Social Affairs, to meet nutritional needs, there is rice called fortified rice which has been added with vitamins. "So by consuming the rice, it can increase people's nutrition," she continued.

One of the important targets of this program is young women who are known to be prone to suffering from anemia. It is hoped that with the intake of fortified rice and vitamins, the anemia issue can be overcome.

In his direction, the President also requested that the socialization of stunting prevention be linked to the government's social protection programs, especially the Keluarga Harapan Program (PKH) and the distribution of Non-Cash Food Assistance (BPNT)/Basic Food Programs, as well as the development of basic infrastructure that reaches poor families.

A total of 10 regions are known to be areas with the highest prevalence of stunting, namely NTT, West Sulawesi, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), Gorontalo, Aceh, Central Kalimantan, South Kalimantan, West Kalimantan, Southeast Sulawesi, and Central Sulawesi.

The President wants the Minister of Home Affairs and the governors to convey that the regents, mayors and village heads, especially those for the 10 provinces, can really concentrate and focus on reducing stunting. By 2024, the stunting rate is targeted to fall from 27.6% to 14%.