Indonesia: Journey Of A Health Care Volunteer In NTT Province
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Published on 4 December 2012

"A healthy mother will deliver a healthy child into this world,” says Orance, a 34-year-old mother of three.

 

Photo: WFP/Micha Sumule

Health activist, breastfeeding motivator and mother, Orance Banunaek shares her experience as a health cadre volunteer in Noeana Posyandu in East Nusa Tenggara. 

NTT PROVINCE - Orance Banunaek has been working as a cadre at Noeana Posyandu since 2001. In 2005, she began her active involvement with the World Food Programme's (WFP) distribution of fortified biscuits for children under five years of age and for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers in the district of Timur Tengah Selatan in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) province. For her, WFP’s assistance is really helpful, especially for under-nourished children.  

“WFP fortified biscuits helped improve the nutritional status of our children” says 34-year-old Orance, herself a mother of three. "In 2005, there were five under-nourished children in Posyandu that I helped. After four months of consuming WFP’s fortified biscuits, four out of the five children's health improved to reaching normal status." 

Orance enjoys volunteering as she finds that she can contribute a lot to improve her community's health status. “It may be pro bono and challenging, not to mention all complaints we often receive from the community, but fortunately, I have already fallen in-love with the work," she says.

Moreover, she discovered that her experiences with the community has also helped her grow as a person.  She was able to inrease her knowledge on good health and nutrition by attending a lot of training on community health practices. "Being involved as a health cadre enables me to share all the knowledge and skills that I have to all the mothers I interact with, especially those who regularly visit my station in Posyandu,” Orance adds.

She also realizes that her role as a health cadre carries a big responsibility. She is considered as role model in the neighbourhood and is expected to raise and to ensure the good health of her family, especially her children.  Her three children were all born healthy, not one was underweight.

“I gave special attention to each of my children's health from the moment they were in my womb. A healthy mother will deliver a healthy child into this world,” she shares.

And because of her patience and persistence in helping promote the importance of breastfeeding for babies in the communities she has worked with, Orance was selected as the "breastfeeding motivator" for South Amanatun sub-district!