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This SurfAid project contributes to SurfAid’s overarching 6-year project called NusaTani (meaning ‘Farming Islands’ in Bahasa Indonesia) in Sumba, working to tackle poverty, stunting and malnutrition at a household level through nutrition-sensitive agriculture. Furthermore, it contributes to a new 3 year program in Rote island, with a focus on stunting and malnutrition at a household level through support for the first 1000 days in the life of a child.
Sumba and Rote Island are in remote areas of Indonesia where government services are limited, health statistics are low, and poverty rates high. Here 1 in 3 children is stunted (in some parts of Rote, as many as 1 in 2 children).
Stunting is often a result of limited access to food supply, poor health, hygiene and/or feeding practices, and/or poverty. Stunting has huge costs for the child and for the economy, as it affects children’s immune systems and brain development well into their adult life.
SurfAid believes that no matter where you live, you have a right to access quality basic health services. We know that Mother and Child Health is improved when the basic health structures such community health post (Posyandu)as are in place and the staff and community health volunteers (kader)are well-trained, adequately equipped, able and motivated to deliver health services.
The Posyandu provide invaluable monthly health services relating to children under five, their parents and pregnant women. The posyandu is run by kader and village midwives. These kader are the frontline in tackling mother and child health issues. Unfortunately they often lack adequate training, support or even basic equipment to fulfill their important role.
· Training and coaching on mother and child health issues for kader, village midwives, parents and caregivers
· Trainers and coaches
· Materials, venue, transport
· Basic equipment, like weighing scales
· Cooking classes
· Trainers and coaches
· Local ingredients
· Local recipe book
· Two creative educational videos, creative materials, brochures and games for training sessions
· Designing, printing and distribution of creative materials/brochures/posters
· Producing, script writing, renting cameras and other equipment for the videos
· Renting generators for showing the movies
SurfAid’s approach includes a focus on securing ongoing village and/or government funding and support. When communities and local governments provide funding or support for activities, it increases their local ownership, which in turn increases security and maintenance of the equipment and crops, decreasing risk of damage or neglect, and increases sustainability. The government has been highly enthusiastic and involved in SurfAid’s programs to date. This is a strong positive indictment of SurfAid’s value, results and relevance, and bodes well for its program sustainability.