Government Policy in Handling Stunting and Malnutrition in Children during the COVID-19 Pandemic

  • Muhadam Labolo Institut Pemerintahan Dalam Negeri (IPDN), Sumedang, Indonesia
Keywords: COVID-19 Pandemic, Stunting, Government Policy, Work from Home, SEJIWA, BERJARAK.

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic that is currently hitting the world has developed from a non-natural disaster to a human tragedy and a multidimensional crisis that impacts all fields. One of them is the effect on social conditions, in this case, is the nutritional condition of children. Stunting is a condition in which increasing and growth are inhibited in the first 1000 days (HPK). Stunting is a health problem that has long been a concern of the government because it affects Indonesia's human resources quality. This study takes a study of the government's policies in handling stunting in Indonesia as a consequence of the virus outbreak. This research uses descriptive qualitative analysis in processing data related to this research. This analysis's findings indicate that the virus outbreak has had a notable influence on the increase in malnutrition cases and stunting by the government. The government has made several policies to deal with stunting in children during this pandemic. These policies include WFH for pregnant and breastfeeding women; SEJIWA Program for people who experience psychological disorders caused by COVID-19; BERJARAK policies to protect pregnant and breastfeeding mothers and children under five from exposure to COVID-19; and finally made a pilot project for the Kampung Anak Sejahtera and Siaga COVID-19 which involved community participation in handling stunting and malnutrition.

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Published
2021-11-02
How to Cite
Labolo, M. (2021). Government Policy in Handling Stunting and Malnutrition in Children during the COVID-19 Pandemic. A Y E R JOURNAL, 28(1), 80-99. https://doi.org/10.1445/ayerjournal.v28i1.160
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