No Child Should Go Hungry in Indonesia

Published on 02 April 2009

Hunger and malnutrition are the biggest threat to health around the world, more than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. Across the world, nearly a billion people, many of them children, go to bed hungry each night. These are sobering and tragic facts. World leaders committed themselves to eradicating hunger and poverty from the face of the globe under the 2000 Millennium Development Goals but that objective remains a distant dream. Hunger continues to stalk the world and is by far the biggest contributor to child mortality. [...] According to the Ministry of Health, Indonesia has reduced malnutrition levels over the past decade from 25 percent to 18 percent, but that is still significantly higher than the World Bank’s ideal standard of under 10 percent. In 2008, the World Food Program estimated that 13 million children in Indonesia suffered from malnutrition. Those are startling numbers given that there is enough food in the country to feed everyone. The problem, say experts, lies in the fact that many parents do not understand proper nutritional habits and what best to feed their children. Malnutrition is thus caused as much by the lack of proper education as it is by poverty.

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