• Local Diets Needed to Achieve Zero Hunger
    Mon, Nov 26th 2018, 11:21

    ZakiyahThis year, the World Food Day celebration promoted an ambitious vision: realizing a #ZeroHunger world by 2030, and became an opportunity to show a national commitment towards the realization of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) number 2. Tackling the challenge of hunger and malnutrition in all its forms will be essential to achieve the SDGs as it acts as a catalyst in improving the outcomes of all 17 SDG indicators.Yet, Indonesia’s hunger statistics are going in the wrong direction. Last year’s Global Hunger Index indicated that Indonesia was cla...

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  • Stunting and Child Marriage
    Wed, Oct 17th 2018, 15:04

    Yeyen Yenuarizki and Rizky Loviana RozaJakartaLast April, netizens were shocked by the news of teenagers in Bantaeng, South Sulawesi, who said they wished to wed. The parents allowed the bride, 14-year-old Fitrah, and groom Syamsuddin, 16, to rush the wedding with the blessing of the local religious affairs office, citing it was the best measure to prevent premarital sex between the sweethearts.  Outside cities like Jakarta, child marriage is still common practice. Some village communities prefer to marry their children soon, believing child marriag...

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  • Can We End Tuberculosis by 2030?
    Wed, Oct 17th 2018, 14:58

    Thea Yantra HutanamonNext year, it will be 50 years since the National TB Program began in Indonesia and 26 years after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared tuberculosis (TB) a global health emergency. Nonetheless, TB kills over 4,400 people worldwide daily - more than deaths from malaria and HIV/AIDS combined. Despite free access to TB medications in the country, TB kills 300 Indonesians everyday. On September 26th 2018, the United Nations (UN) will have its first high-level meeting on TB to establish a political declaration aimed to streng...

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  • Graphic Illustration is taken from Michigan MedicineFadjar Wibowo and Aghnia Jolanda PutriJakarta The global Sustainable Development Goals highlight the importance of curbing high rates of hypertension to achieve the target of a one-third reduction in deaths from non-communicable diseases by 2030. Meanwhile, a study from the American Heart Association in 2016 showed that over the past decade, the number of people suffering from hypertension has decreased in higher-income countries, yet increased in lower-income countries.  According to the World Hea...

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