TRIBUNNEWS.COM, JAKARTA – President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) asked regional heads to reduce the rate of failure to thrive in children or stunting in their respective regions.

This is important considering that Indonesia will have a demographic bonus which will peak in 2030-2035 so that the development of human resources (HR) must continue to be optimized.

Jokowi conveyed this while opening the National Coordination Meeting (Rakornas) of Regional Heads and the Indonesia-wide Regional Leadership Communication Forum (Forkopimda) in 2023, at the Sentul International Convention Center (SICC), Bogor Regency, West Java, last Tuesday.

The Head of State revealed that the national stunting rate has continued to decrease from 37 percent in 2014 to 24 percent in 2021 and in 2022 it is estimated to be at 21 percent.

Even though it has fallen drastically, the President is targeting the prevalence of stunting to be reduced to below 14 percent in 2024.

President Jokowi also encouraged regional heads to utilize technology and application platforms in monitoring stunting in their regions.

So what’s the strategy The National Family Planning Coordinating Board (BKKBN)?

Head of BKKBN Dr.(HC). dr. Hasto Wardoyo, SP.OG. said, his party continues to make efforts on a large scale in reducing the number stunting in the Motherland. Including, preparing strategic and measurable steps in carrying out actions in the field.

The reason is the President’s directive Jokowi asking for numbers stunting could be at 14 percent in 2024.

Hasto said that his party had built infrastructure from the central to regional levels to reduce the number stunting since 2022 ago.

Not only that, he said he had formed a special team to work on accelerating the decline in numbers stunting in Indonesia. Starting from the central level commanded by Vice President Ma’ruf Amin to the village level commanded by regional heads or local village heads.

This was revealed by Hasto during a special interview with the Director of Publication of the Tribun Network Febby Mahendra Putra at the BKKBN Office, Halim Perdanakusuma, Jakarta, Thursday (19/1/2023).

“We have formed a team to accelerate the reduction stunting at the center, chaired by the Vice President’s steering team, my Chief Executive, then there is the executive vice chairman from the institutional Ministries. Then in that area there is a regional head as steering chairman, deputy regional head as executive head,” said Hasto.

“Then at the village level, it is clear that even at the village level, 97 percent of the teams have been formed,” he continued.

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