The government continues to pursue the target of reducing stunting prevalence to 14 percent by 2024 through various efforts, ranging from sharpening, improving the coverage and quality of specific and sensitive interventions, to improving data collection and reporting systems.
The government also ensures the active involvement of various non-governmental institutions, such as the business world, universities, professional organizations, philanthropic institutions, development partners, and non-governmental organizations.
For this reason, the Joint Movement to Eliminate Stunting (BERES) initiated by the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) together with the Kompas-Gramedia Group should be appreciated.
"I appreciate the Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Kompas-Gramedia Group for their commitment to be actively involved in accelerating the reduction of stunting through the BERES Movement," said Vice President K.H. Ma'ruf Amin in his remarks when launching the gotong royong initiative to alleviate stunting and extreme poverty, at Studio 1 Kompas TV, Menara Kompas, Jalan Palmerah Selatan Number 21, Central Jakarta, Thursday (26/10/2023).
Furthermore, he explained five strategic steps for the sustainability of the movement. First, this program must complement what the government is currently doing.
"Coordinate intensively with ministries/technical institutions and local governments to avoid overlapping programs," the Vice President said.
Second, he added, the program must be implemented in priority locations with a high prevalence of stunting or the number of stunted children, in order to help reduce the prevalence significantly and on target.
"Third, the program should take the form of concrete actions that directly target priority target groups, so that the benefits are felt directly by these groups," the Vice President asked.
Fourth, he asked that beneficiaries and actors at the community level be placed as the main actors of program implementation.
"Involve them in every stage of implementation, so that there is a sense of belonging and pride from the community," the Vice President said.
Fifth, he continued, a sustainability strategy must be prepared from the beginning of the program implementation so that the community together with the local government can continue this good initiative.
Through this strategy, the Vice President hopes that all programs and cooperation will be carried out effectively, on target, and sustainably in order to realize Indonesia's superior human resources.
"Let's continue the synergy to reduce prevalence, create the golden generation of 2045, and realize a stunting-free Indonesia," he concluded.
In line with the Vice President, Minister of Health Budi Gunadi Sadikin said that a joint movement is needed from all components of the nation to overcome health problems and also prevent stunting in the framework of welcoming the 2030 demographic bonus.
"A health problem as big as stunting throughout Indonesia cannot be solved with a government program approach. This must build a movement owned by all components of the nation," Budi said.
Previously, Plh. Chairman of Kadin Indonesia Yukki Nugrahawan Hanafi expressed Kadin's organizational commitment in supporting the government's priority work, one of which is the prevention and handling of stunting in order to increase the productivity and welfare of the community.
Yukki explained that this movement was launched in October for the fundamental reason of reminding the Indonesian people of the spirit of Youth Pledge Day as an important milestone in Indonesia's history.
"This spirit, enthusiasm, motivation is what we are trying to revive in all the nation's young generation. We invite the youth that I love and am proud of to fight against ignorance and poverty," he said.
Attending the event were Head of the Pancasila Ideology Development Agency (BPIP) Yudian Wahyudi, CEO of Kompas Gramedia Lilik Oetama, CEO Andy Budiman Kumala of KG Media Indonesia, the entire board of Kadin Indonesia, as well as representatives from ministries/institutions and the private sector.
Meanwhile, the Vice President was accompanied by Head of the Vice President Secretariat Ahmad Erani Yustika, Deputy for Policy Support for Human Development and Equitable Development Suprayoga Hadi, Vice President Special Staff for Communication and Information Masduki Baidlowi, and Vice President Special Staff for Bureaucratic Reform Mohamad Nasir.
Source : wapresri.go.id