Indonesian President Jokowi Urges Collective Effort to Reduce Stunting

Indonesian President Jokowi calls for collaborative efforts to reduce stunting rate to 14% by 2024, as part of broader healthcare initiatives to improve services and infrastructure in the country.

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Emmanuel Abara Benson
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Indonesian President Jokowi Urges Collective Effort to Reduce Stunting

Indonesian President Jokowi Urges Collective Effort to Reduce Stunting

President Joko Widodo of Indonesia has called on all parties to contribute to achieving the ambitious goal of reducing the country's stunting rate to 14% by 2024. In a recent address, Jokowi emphasized the need for collaboration among the government, private sector, and community to tackle this major public health challenge.

Stunting, a condition caused by chronic malnutrition, affects around 27% of children under five in Indonesia. The president acknowledged that while the country has made progress in reducing the stunting rate from 37.6% in 2013 to 21.5% by the end of 2023, reaching the 14% target will require consistent efforts from all stakeholders.

"The target of 14 percent is very ambitious, but I believe that with hard work, Indonesia can achieve the target of 15 percent by the end of the year," Jokowi stated, highlighting the importance of coordinated efforts across various ministries to address the issue.

The president's call to action comes as part of a broader focus on improving healthcare services and infrastructure in Indonesia. Jokowi has also stressed the need to address the shortage of specialized physicians, reduce the high rates of non-communicable diseases, and strengthen the domestic healthcare industry to reduce reliance on imported medical supplies and pharmaceuticals.

Why this matters: Reducing stunting is crucial for Indonesia's long-term development, as it can have lasting impacts on children's health, cognitive development, and economic potential. The president's emphasis on a collaborative approach underscores the complexity of the issue and the need for sustained commitment from all levels of society.

In his address, Jokowi also touched on other key initiatives, such as preparing for international sports events, accelerating regional road construction, and ratifying the Domestic Workers' Protection Bill. The president's wide-ranging agenda reflects the government's efforts to address various social, economic, and infrastructure challenges facing the country.

Key Takeaways

  • Indonesia aims to reduce the stunting rate to 14% by 2024 through government, private, and community efforts.
  • Stunting affects 27% of children under 5 in Indonesia, down from 37.6% in 2013 to 21.5% in 2023.
  • President Jokowi calls for consistent efforts across ministries to address the ambitious 14% stunting target.
  • Jokowi also focuses on improving healthcare services, reducing physician shortages, and strengthening the domestic industry.
  • Reducing stunting is crucial for Indonesia's long-term development and requires a collaborative approach.