Jakarta (ANTARA) - The National Population and Family Planning Agency (BKKBN) has asked regional governments to expedite stunting case audits as per the schedule that has been set.

"As of June 8, 2024, the realization of our Stunting Case Audit Family Planning Operational Assistance (BOKB AKS) has not yet reached 5 percent (4.89 percent)," the director of toddler and children family development at the BKKBN, Irma Ardiana, said at an online discussion on Monday.

According to her, just Rp2.03 billion (around US$124,474) of the total budget of Rp41.47 billion (around US$2.54 million) for the assistance has been used.

She also asked provincial, district, and city governments to update the Monitoring, Planning, and Evaluation (Morena) application, which is the basis for mapping the realization of BOKB AKS.

Meanwhile, the program officer for programs and activities at the Secretariat for Stunting Reduction Acceleration of the BKKBN, Muhammad Kodir, emphasized the importance of collaboration to speed up the budget absorption or realization, in line with the stunting case audit implementation.

Kodir highlighted that the percentage of stunting case audit reports in seven provinces had not crossed 50 percent as of April 2024.

The provinces were Jakarta (zero percent), Papua (3 percent), West Sulawesi (17 percent), South Sulawesi (21 percent), Maluku (27 percent), North Kalimantan (40 percent), and West Kalimantan (50 percent).

He informed that 90 districts and cities had not reported the implementation of phase one of stunting case audits this year, as per data as of May 28.

He expressed the hope that the phase one and two stunting case audits would be carried out in keeping with the schedule so that interventions for stunting cases can be carried out within the budget year.

Based on the national achievement of stunting case audits, as of May 28, at least 424 out of the 514 districts and cities in Indonesia have reported the audits, he said.

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Translator: Lintang Budiyanti, Raka Adji
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