(Education for Preventing Stunting in Children)
SCOPH CIMSA-BEM KM FK UNAND
Childhood stunting is one of the most significant impediments to human development, globally affecting approximately 162 million children under five years. Stunting, or being too short for one's age, is defined as a height that is more than two standard deviations below the World Health Organization (WHO) child growth standards median.
It is an essentially irreversible outcome of inadequate nutrition and repeated bouts of infection during the first 1000 days of a child's life. Stunting has long-term effects on individuals and societies, including diminished cognitive and physical development, reduced productive capacity and poor health, and an increased risk of degenerative diseases such as diabetes.
Malnutrition refers to deficiencies, excesses, or imbalances in a person's energy and nutrients intake. UNICEF Indonesia said that the rate of malnutrition is predicted to increase by 15% (7 million) worldwide during the COVID-19 pandemic. Malnutrition is widespread due to natural disasters, one of which is a pandemic where the supply of food and health services is not disrupted. (UNICEF, 2020)
The prevalence of short and very short toddlers in 2018 is 30.8%, where West Sumatra province ranks 15th with the highest stunting rate in children under five and 13th with the highest stunting rate in Baduta (Riskesdas, 2018)
Based on these data, SCOPH CIMSA-BEM KM FK Unand designed an activity known as EINSTEIN. This activity has been held since 2018 and was held again this year on January-February 2021. This year, EINSTEIN was held as a sustainable project at RT.03 RW.05 Posyandu Pijar Kencana, Padang City, West Sumatra.
The last series of EINSTEIN is the Webinar, Impacts of COVID 19 Pandemic on Stunting and Child Nutrition's Importance, held on February 27th, 2021. Our webinar speaker was Sri Wahyuni Sukojto, a Nutrition Specialist in UNICEF Indonesia and moderated by dr.Avino Mulana Fikri, alumni of CIMSA-BEM KM FK Unand 2013. This webinar discusses the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Stunting and the Importance of Child Nutrition. We hope that through this webinar, the participants can learn about optimal nutrition to grow development funds in children.