FMUB Research Team Winning ADB Research Fund to Synergize Triple Helix for Preventing and Reducing Stunting Rates in Tulungagung Regency

Stunting is still a national issue and a work program for the Government of the Republic of Indonesia, as outlined in the RPJMN. The high national stunting prevalence rate in 2018 was 30.7%, and the national stunting reduction target in 2024 is 14%.

Therefore, through funding from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Research Team from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Brawijaya, Health Polytechnic of Malang, the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN), and the BKPK of the Ministry of Health participated in developing research to continue to make efforts to improve and reduce the high stunting rate, which is often a problem in Indonesia, especially in East Java.

In a report submitted before the Chair of the Tulungagung Regency PKK Mobilization Team, which was held on Tuesday (13/9/22) at the Victoria Ballroom, Crown Victoria Hotel, Tulungagung, Dr. Diajeng Setya Wardani, M. Kes as the Head of the Research Team representing the research team said that this research was to assess how the synergistic role of the triple-helix element (stakeholders, academics and community) in preventing and reducing Stunting in Tulungagung Regency which currently occupies Tulungagung Regency the lowest prevalence rate in all districts in East Java, said the lecturer who now serves as the Secretary of the Midwifery Department of FMUB.

Added by Mrs Diajeng, “our research was carried out in two places, namely Bangkalan Regency and Tulungagung Regency. The study also photographed the role of the triple-helix element in stunting prevention in these two districts with different characteristics. As for the implementation of our research, which starts in May – September 2022, and today we have reached the end of a series of our research activities, namely the Dissemination of the Results of this Research event”.

 

“We convey to you, ladies and gentlemen, in this study, we thank Bappeda – Tulungagung Regency Government, who have helped us a lot and facilitated us to able to meet with colleagues from OPD (Dinkes, DPMD, KB and PPA offices and other agencies), professional organizations, mass organizations, members of the PKK mobilization team, and allowed us to distribute questionnaires to 75 mothers with stunting and non-stunting toddlers in 5 villages in the sub-districts of Pagerwojo, Gondang, Sumbergempol, Kauman and Bandung, he stressed.

On the same occasion, the Chairperson of the PKK Mobilization Team (TP-PKK) Tulungagung Regency, Ny. Siyuk Rihayati Maryoto Birowo, expressed her gratitude to the entire research team for choosing Tulungagung Regency as the research location. Hopefully, the results of this research will provide benefits and motivation for us to continue strengthening cross-sectoral efforts to prevent and reduce stunting and continue future collaboration with FMUB in preventing and reducing stunting in Tulungagung Regency.

Based on survey data on nutritional status in Indonesia by the Indonesian Ministry of Health in 2021, the national stunting prevalence is 24.4%, which is still far from the target in 2024, which is 14%. The Tulungagung Regency Government targets the prevalence of stunting at the end of the RPJMD period in 2023 to be 4.97%, and the achievement of the stunting prevalence rate tends to decrease from 5.51% in 2021 to 4.52% in 2022. For this reason, the role of the PKK Mobilization Team is significant as the front line in the community. We started to prevent stunting by doing it in an integrated manner, involving cross-sectoral, including the best PKK cadres starting from villages, glasses, districts and other elements such as mass organizations, academics, professional organizations, and the business world industry and mass media. So, we are ready to commit and fully support the government’s efforts to accelerate stunting reduction in Indonesia, especially in the Tulungagung district. (An4nk – FKUB Public Relations)