Although stunting is preventable, it is irreversible. In rural parts of Indonesia, such as villages in South Sumatra, the number of stunted children is even higher than the national estimate. However, Roslaini’s work – and that of the NCCC – can prevent the next generation from experiencing the same fate. That’s why Roslaini, and others like her, plea with government officials–from the national level down to the village level–to invest in efforts to prevent childhood stunting.
“There have been efforts to prevent stunting at all levels of government but they never really worked,” MCA-Indonesia Campaign Manager Farah Amini says.
The hope is that a well-coordinated, comprehensive, national strategy with buy-in from all levels of government could eliminate stunting and ensure the health and well-being of the next generation.
Roslaini knows she must keep working to reach as many people as she can with information about ways to prevent stunting and why it is so important. But if she can get one mother, one village head, one midwife and one district official to heed her message, then she knows that at least one child in a population of nearly 7.5 million in South Sumatra will have the chance to reach full potential.
For Roslaini and her dream of a brighter future, that’s a win.