People Helped in 2017: 6,555
Indonesia consists of a collection of islands in Southeast Asia and happens to be the fourth most populous countries in the world. In spite of a very strong economic upturn over the last few years, poverty, unemployment, corruption, and the lack of facilities are still present in Indonesia. With respect to health and nutrition, the indicators – state of health of the population and sanitary facilities, access to medical services, quality of care – are very worrying. The global severe malnutrition rate stands at 21.2 percent and that of severe acute malnutrition at 3.9 percent, which is over the emergency levels defined by the World Health Organization. Moreover, in a country where there is extreme inequality, and exposure to natural disasters, the climatic threats have a greater effect on the vulnerable communities.
Poor water quality and inadequate sanitation are major factors underlying Indonesia’s high rates of undernutrition, with so many unprotected water sources and little infrastructure to guarantee access to clean drinking water. Another obstacle Indonesia faces is its susceptibility to natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, droughts, and even volcanic eruptions.
Present in Indonesia since 1997, Action Against Hunger has long addressed Indonesia’s water, sanitation, and nutritional woes. 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.
In 2017, we continued collaborating with the Indonesian Ministry for Health as lead on a community-based management of acute malnutrition. Screening, admission, and treatment of severe acute malnutrition was an integral part of the project. In light of the water situation to the east and in the regions affected by El Niño, our programs on water, sanitation and hygiene focused on an access to water per household approach, rather than per village, and promoted ram water pumps. Lastly, a multisectoral project implemented with local partners came to an end in 2017, after the food security and livelihoods of the rural groups of two villages had been strengthened.
In Kupang District, Action Against Hunger implemented a project targeting 49 health centers. This project includes training and support to strengthen the capacities of the health system in the fight against malnutrition.