WB, Tanoto Foundation and Gates Foundation collaborate to reduce stunting rate in Indonesia

first_imgThe World Bank, the Tanoto Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are working closely with the Indonesian government to reduce the high stunting rate in the country by donating US$4 million through the Multi Donor Trust Fund for Indonesia Human Capital Acceleration.A statement issued by the World Bank and obtained by The Jakarta Post on Wednesday said the trust fund would operate, from 2020 to 2024, under the guidance of a steering committee consisting of representatives from the Indonesian government, the World Bank and both foundations.Hari Menon, the South and Southeast Asia lead for the Bill Gates Foundation, hoped the fund would strengthen support for the Indonesian government in accelerating the reduction of stunting and “giving millions of children the opportunity to have a bright future”.World Bank program leader for human development Camilla Holmemo said stunting prevention would play a significant role in improving the country’s human capital.Read also: Collaborative efforts key in reducing stunting: ObserversTanoto Foundation CEO Satrijo Tanudjojo echoed Holmemo’s statement.”[The trust fund] is one of the several initiatives the foundation undertakes for human capital development, as a contribution to the government of Indonesia in achieving its sustainable development goals,” Satrijo said.According to data from the 2018 National Health Survey (Riskesdas), Indonesia performed poorly on stunting prevention, as three out of 10 children under the age of 5 experienced stunting in the country. The figure is quite high considering that the World Health Organization has set a maximum limit for stunting tolerance at 20 percent, or one-fifth of all existing toddlers.To overcome the challenge, the country has become “one of the early adopter countries of the World Bank’s Human Capital Project” to develop various programs including the National Strategy to Accelerate Stunting Prevention, in which it delivered a multi-sectoral package of priority nutrition interventions, said the statement.Topics :last_img read more

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Dolphins, IGP Maintain Winning Streak

first_imgZENITH B/BALL LEAGUEDolphins and IGP Queens basketball teams have continued their winning streak in the ongoing Zenith Bank Women Basketball League taking place in Kaduna.Taking the court first in the morning, Dolphins coached by founder, Wale Aboderin, recorded their second victory at the second phase by defeating vastly-improved Sunshine Angels of Akure 68 – 44.The Aboderin ladies displayed supremacy in all the departments of the game.Speaking after their encounter, Aboderin said he was impressed with the performance of his girls but they did not obtain an optimum level. “The girls normally raise their games depending on the strength of their opponents. I am happy with this performance. They took things easy to get the result. Our target is to get to the final and get a continental ticket,” he said.In the third game of the day, IGP Queens whitewashed Ekiti Angels 96 – 23 points to also maintain their 100 per cent record in Kaduna.Also victorious on Thursday were Benue Princess who humiliated Oluyole Babes 70 – 36 and AHIP who defeated First Deepwater 54 – 50 in a keenly contested encounter.At a post match chat, AHIP coach John Wilson said their target was to qualify for the final eight slot billed for Lagos in August.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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