Jakarta (ANTARA) - Head of the National Population and Family Planning Agency (BKKBN) Hasto Wardoyo called on stakeholders to collaborate in activating data to accelerate stunting reduction.

“Accurate and up-to-date data is key in designing strategies, identifying challenges, and measuring the impacts of interventions. By activating data, measures that are taken can be more accurate,” Wardoyo noted in a BKKBN statement here on Monday.

The agency head emphasized that appropriate utilization of data can proffer maximum benefits and contribute to the making of standardized policies that accommodate all, especially in reducing the stunting rate in Indonesia.

Wardoyo revealed that his agency has a main data source, namely the New Siga (family information system), which is operational data for family planning officers and relevant parties to make interventions in the Family Development, Population, and Family Planning (Bangga Kencana) Program.

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He noted that the unmet need on family planning is still a matter of concern, especially health-related reasons that are identified as the main cause of contraceptive discontinuation, namely 55.97 percent, with 13.3 percent found in those in the age group of 30-34 years.

“Unmet need is closely related to the issue of stunting. (It is) because, with family planning, new births of stunted children can be prevented,” he remarked.

The BKKBN head further called for investigation and efforts to prevent stunting with a more comprehensive understanding of the factors that cause unmet needs, such as limited access to nutritious food, lack of education on nutrition, and the lack of quality health services.

"Stunting, as a result of chronic malnutrition in children, reflects the family's inability to meet essential nutritional needs at important stages of human development," the BKKBN head stated.

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Translator: Lintang Budiyanti, Raka Adji
Editor: Yuni Arisandy Sinaga
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