Webinar on Dissemination of Achievements and Learning of The Improving Community Nutrition Program
On Wednesday, 30 June 2021, GAIN and the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Indonesia organized a webinar on Dissemination of Achievements and Learning of The Improving Community Nutrition Program. The event was opened by the Director of Nutrition of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Indonesia, represented by Mr. Mahmud Fauzi, SKM, M.Kes, as a Coordinator of Substance Management of Nutrition Consumption.
Funded by the Kingdom of The Netherlands, the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) has partnered with The Ministry of Health of the Republic of Indonesia to implement several programs aimed at improving the nutritional status of the population, as detailed in the 2017-2020 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).
The main focus of the partnership between the Ministry of Health and GAIN Indonesia was to continue, strengthen and expand the coverage of programs to improve the nutritional status of the Indonesian population. GAIN Indonesia, together with the Directorate of Community Nutrition has implemented several programs under the following objectives: 1) improving nutrition in the first thousand days of life (1,000 HPK), 2) improving adolescent nutrition, and 3) improving access to nutritious food.
2017 to 2020
GAIN has implemented these programs through effective coordination and partnership with various stakeholders, such as provincial and district governments, universities and schools, professional organizations, the private sector and co-operatives. These partnerships have generated products and achievements that helped Indonesia’s nutrition improvement programs, as well as learnings and evidence to be considered for future policy decisions.
GAIN, together with The Ministry of Health, will disseminate the 2017-2020 cooperation program results, with the hope that these learnings could be more widely utilized by the stakeholders to improve the nutritional status of the Indonesian population.
The event which was divided into 2 sessions was attended by the Director General of PDSPKP, the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, the Head of the Center for Public Health Efforts for Health Research and Development, representatives from Hasanuddin University, The Head of Public Health at the East Java Provincial Health Office, representatives from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Australian embassy and representatives from Agriculture Department, the Netherlands embassy.
The topic on the first session of the webinar was about the Achievements, Challenges and Learnings from Programs on Improving the Nutritional Status of the Populations in Indonesia. In which the speaker briefly explained the program, Achievements of the Trenggalek District Health Office and Memberamo Tengah District Health Office, and also Social marketing strategy on Multinutrient Powder.
And Improving Adolescent Nutrition where teachers and students which joined Saya Pemberani Challenge directly presented the Achievements of the Students for Nutrition & Stunting Prevention Movement and also a discussion about Improving Access to Nutritious Food / I-PLAN with video playback from Cereal (A Winner of I-PLAN Business Innovation Challenge). The first session was ended by a handover of the implementation results and learnings from the 2017-2020 MOU between the Ministry of Health and GAIN – to be done symbolically by dr. Agnes Mallipu (Acting Country Representative GAIN) to the Director of Community Nutrition – the Ministry of Health.
In the second session, the event discussed the topic of Innovations on IYCF and maternal nutrition behavior change methods in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic and ended with Q & A.