Indonesia targets stunting reduction to 14% by 2024 hinh anh 1Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture Muhadjir Effendy (Photo: Antara)

Jakarta (VNA) – Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture Muhadjir Effendy has urged local governments to continue optimising the role of Team for the Acceleration of Stunting Reduction (TPPS) to reduce stunting rate to 14% targeted by 2024.

Effendy said each region has a TPPS that has been coordinated by the regional head. It must be optimised to accelerate stunting reduction target achievement.

Hence, to this end, he emphasised the need for synergy and collaboration from all stakeholders, starting from the relevant ministries and institutions to local administrations.

Moreover, he is upbeat that the target could be achieved sooner, given Indonesia's success in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to him, the Village Fund budget and Special Allocation Fund (DAK) for each region could also be used specifically for handling stunting.

He highlighted the need for the National Population and Family Planning Agency (BKKBN) and the Ministry of Finance to continue to ensure the use of a specific budget to accelerate the reduction of stunting.

Based on the results of the 2022 Indonesian Nutrition Status Survey (SSGI), the stunting prevalence rate in Indonesia was still recorded at 21.6 percent, down 2.8% year-on-year./.