HARI ANAK NASIONAL 2020
During the COVID-19 pandemic that are happening around the world, the number of stunting cases worldwide is increasing. The COVID-19 pandemic has dangerous effects on household income, the chain of food supplies, and access to healthy food. Access to healthy food is a major concern for children because it may cause nutritional deficiency. If it occurs early in life, it can increase the risk of stunting in children. Early detection programs, such as routine growth monitoring in health facilities are crucial in preventing stunting in children. However, due to regulations regarding physical distancing and stay-at-home notice, the monitoring of children's growth under five years old in health facilities may be hindered and may lead to a lack of proper treatment for children suspected of being malnourished and thus disrupts the children's development. Therefore, in this condition, the role of the family and those closest to the child is very important to maintain the child's health in order to prevent stunting. Providing comprehensive education for families, medical students, and the general public is one of the important goals that SCOPH CIMSA has worked towards at the 2020 National Children's Day campaign.
The 2020 National Children’s Day campaign was held from July 17th, 2020 to July 27th, 2020. This campaign aims to increase the awareness and knowledge of medical students and the general public regarding stunting in Indonesia, prevention methods, and its relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2020 National Children's Day campaign consists of education to medical students and the general public about stunting in the COVID-19 pandemic in the form of interactive quizzes on Instagram, infographics, and a webinar as the culmination of the campaign that was held on July 25th, 2020.
The webinar talked about how to prevent stunting in children during the COVID-19 pandemic and the correlation between it two. Our speakers, Dr. dr Brian Sriprahastuti, MPH. (Senior Advisor, Executive Office of the President RI) and Sri Wahyuni Sukotjo (Nutrition Specialist, UNICEF), delivered the materials to 253 webinar participants on Zoom Meeting and CIMSA Indonesia's youtube live stream.
At the end of the webinar, the participants had the opportunity to ask the speakers questions related to stunting in the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope that through this campaign, public awareness of children's welfare, especially in the field of child health and nutrition, can increase and reduce the risk of stunting in Indonesia especially during this pandemic.