People Helped in 2018: 18,641
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.
In 2018, we worked with the Indonesian Ministry of Health on a Community-Based Management of Acute Malnutrition Project and managed activities in water, sanitation, and hygiene. We worked with farmers to strengthen food security and livelihoods. We also launched a multi-sectoral emergency response to help earthquake victims in the Palu, Sigi, and Donggala districts.
In Kupang District, 21.2% of children aged six months to five years are acutely malnourished, and 3.9% of these are severely malnourished, surpassing the emergency thresholds defined by the World Health Organization. We work to identify and tackle the direct and indirect factors of undernutrition and to train staff and build local capacity in 12 new health centers.