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Good Nutrition Campaign Puts a Dent in Indonesia’s Child Stunting

by Christin VanZant last modified May 14, 2017 04:49 PM
Contributors: Feed the Future
More than 8 million children in Indonesia suffer from stunted growth caused by undernutrition. That translates into a lifetime of missed opportunities as stunting increases a child’s risk for infections, delays brain development, and reduces academic achievement and earning potential. Chronic undernutrition in young children is often due to poor maternal health during pregnancy, insufficient nutrient intake, frequent childhood illness, and inadequate sanitation and hygiene. But a concerted effort is underway to promote behavioral changes that can reduce stunting.

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The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), a Feed the Future partner agency focused on reducing global poverty through economic growth, is leading this effort. It is currently devoting $134.2 million to reduce stunting in 11 of Indonesia’s 34 provinces by integrating sanitation, maternal and child health, and nutrition interventions. The project provides grants to more than 5,400 Indonesian villages for health and education activities, including training for more than 18,000 health workers on maternal and infant nutrition and community-led sanitation programs.

 

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