Maternal Efforts to Optimize the First 1,000 Days of Life: Is It Successful to Reduce Stunting in Indonesia?

Ni Wayan Suriastini , SurveyMETER
Rini Widiastuti, MCA-Indonesia
Dani Alfah, SurveyMETER
Sugih Hartono, MCA-Indonesia
Nur Fitri Widya Astuti, SurveyMETER
Vidia Darmawi, MCA-Indonesia

The national health survey shows that one-third of children under five years old in Indonesia suffer stunting. This study investigates how to break the cycle of stunting using community – based health and nutrition approach. The focus of this study is to examine the effectiveness of maternal health behavior efforts within the first 1000 days of life related to stunting occurrence using Sentinel data 2017. The results found that the percentage of stunting in children aged 12 months or less was almost 3 times of wasting and almost 2 times of underweight. Exclusive breastfeeding knowledge of mother and children postnatal care complete attendance were significantly associated with stunting. In addition, children from a household with open defecation behavior were also at increased risk of stunting. Improving maternal health knowledge and health behavior, as well as family and community, are strongly advisable to decrease stunting prevalence in Indonesia.

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 Presented in Session 11. Health & Mortality 2