Indonesia

Photo: Action Against Hunger, Indonesia
Population
257.6 million
Human Development Index
113 (out of 188 countries ranked)
Program Start
1997

People Helped in 2019: 15,505

9,459
People Reached by Nutrition and Health Programs 
2,323
People Reached by Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Programs 
3,723
People Reached by Food Security and Livelihoods Programs 

Indonesia consists of a collection of islands in Southeast Asia and happens to be the fourth most populous countries in the world. Despite the strong economic recovery of recent years, Indonesia continues to struggle with poverty, unemployment, corruption and lack of infrastructure. Health and nutrition indicators, such as the health status of the population, access to medical services, quality of care and sanitation, are of great concern. In Indonesia, which is characterised by extreme inequalities and high rates of malnutrition, vulnerable communities are also particularly exposed to climate threats. In 2018, three major earthquakes affected certain areas of the country, causing extensive damage and human losses.

Present in Indonesia since 1997, Action Against Hunger has long addressed Indonesia’s water, sanitation, and nutritional issues. Our objectives are to continue helping communities and government institutions improve their management of undernutrition, prepare for natural disasters, and develop effective emergency planning to reduce their risk from natural disasters and climate change.

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Action Against Hunger in Indonesia concentrates the majority of its activities in the Nusa Tenggara Timur (NTT) Province in the east of the country, one of the poorest provinces of Indonesia. The prevalence of global acute malnutrition in Kupang is 21.2% for children 6-59 months of age. The rate of severe acute malnutrition is at 3.9%, which far exceeds the emergency threshold (2%). Action Against Hunger’s strategy and activities aims to address the immediate and underlying causes of under-nutrition.

In 2019, Action Against Hunger worked with the Ministry of Health in Indonesia at national, provincial and district levels to implement the second phase of the integrated health program in the Kupang District. This significantly improved the integrated management of child illness in the area. In 2018, this project expanded its coverage to target 12 health centers and improve the capacity of health staff and students of medical and nursing schools. In 2019, the project launched a handbook on integrated management of child illness for nursing students, the first of its kind in NTT province.

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