Saving Life of Malnourished Children in Serang City-Banten Province (SALIMC)
Food & Nutrition Sector
Indonesia is still facing challenges on child malnutrition. Around 27.5% or 6.5 million children under five are living under stunting (Ministry of Health in Jawapos.com, July 2017). Some stunting children are in acute severely malnourished condition with disease infection, while some others are in severely malnourished and moderately malnourished. Just recently, up to 19 January 2018, there are 68 children dead due to severely acute malnourished with measles diseases in Asmat, Papua province. The poor economic condition of the families in combination with the unhygienic environment have triggered the outbreak of the malnourishment with measles diseases there. Saving Life of Malnourished Children in Serang City-Banten Province (SALIMC)
In September 2017, a malnourished child died after having diarrhoea. The identified total number of the severely malnourished children was only 55 children. But, in December 2017, the number of severely malnourished children has increased up to 80 children, in which 10 of whom are having serious diseases (the data provided by the Serang City- Health Office).
IRM recognized the potential of providing food aid to urban poor students who may have fallen through the cracks, especially those living in low-cost housing projects through School Meal Program 2019. This initiative will provide meals during schooling hours to at least 135 students who have been selected based on their family backgrounds.
The objective of this appeal is to reduce morbidity and mortality of the poor malnourished children in urban slum of Serang City- Banten Province.