8 Integration Actions to Overcome Stunting in Papua

goodmorningpapua.com – The Yapen Archipelago Regional Development Planning Agency (Bappeda) emphasized eight integrated actions in the effort to deal with stunting in its territory.

Those eight actions include situation analysis, activity plans, stunting consultations, regent/mayor regulations, KPM development, data management systems, stunting measurement and publication, and annual work reviews.

This was explained by the Head of the Yapen Islands Bappeda, Rony Ayorbaba in the Yapen Regional Secretary’s room during a cross-sectoral meeting on stunting prevention, Wednesday 8 June 2022.

“Nutrition deficiency not only causes stunting, but also affects intelligence, moreover there are still many toddlers who experience it. Therefore, it must be clear regarding the division of roles and responsibilities in integrated stunting reduction interventions,” said Rony.

According to Rony, in an effort to reduce stunting rates, an active role from all cross-sectors is needed, especially in delivering data and accelerating programs from each Regional Apparatus Organization or OPD.

“It must be coordinated to the village level as well, such as the provision of drinking water and proper sanitation, family planning services, increasing awareness of maternal and child care commitments, and increasing nutritious food,” he said.

Based on data from the Yapen Islands Health Service, the decline in the stunting rate occurred within a period of 4 years. In 2019 it was recorded at 11.67 percent, in 2020 as much as 4.71 percent, 2021 as much as 4.62 percent, and 2022 as much as 3.00 percent.

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