Village development to reduce stunting more quickly: minister

Village development to reduce stunting more quickly: minister

Villages, Development of Disadvantaged Regions, and Transmigration Minister, Abdul Halim Iskandar, attends the virtual National Coordination Meeting on August 23, 2021. (FOTO ANTARA/ Zubi Mahrofi/uyu)

Hence, in order to achieve the 18 Village Sustainable Development Goals, we will begin village data collecting from the neighborhoods, households, and individuals.
Jakarta (ANTARA) - Village development programs will accelerate stunting reduction in villages, Villages, Development of Disadvantaged Regions, and Transmigration Minister Abdul Halim Iskandar has said.

“The village administrators will set priorities in building the future of children by paying attention to children and mothers’ health as well as education," he said at the National Coordination Meeting held online here on Monday.

The development agenda will be carried out by providing accurate, complete, and sustainable data regarding the children and mothers in the village, he informed.

"Hence, in order to achieve the 18 Village Sustainable Development Goals, we will begin village data collecting from the neighborhoods, households, and individuals," the minister stated.

Under the second goal, which envisages villages without hunger, Indonesia is targeting to end the prevalence of malnutrition, stunting, and anaemia, and increase the prevalence of breastfed infant to 100 percent, he said

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Achieving the third goal of a healthy and prosperous village will require the participation of all villagers in the national healthcare and social security programs, he added.

"All villagers should receive treatment from health workers in delivering labor to eliminate maternal and infant mortality. The infants will also get complete basic immunization," he said.

During the meeting, Iskandar also informed that the government has set priorities for the handling of stunting in the provinces of Aceh, West Kalimantan, South Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan, Gorontalo, Central Sulawesi, West Sulawesi, Southeast Sulawesi, West Nusa Tenggara, and East Nusa Tenggara.

In the priority locations, Rp74.9 billion in village funds has been used for midwife operations, Rp221.5 billion for purchasing medicines, and Rp2.1 billion for providing additional food, he informed.

Meanwhile, Rp4.7 billion has been spent for village health community center building rehabilitations and operations, Rp1.2 trillion for the rehabilitation of buildings and operations of the village childbirth house, and Rp. 1.9 trillion for the rehabilitation and operation of the integrated health center. (

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