"The awards are given to the organizations as tokens of appreciation from the government for the work they are doing in health sector especially in addressing the malnutrition problem in Timor Tengah Selatan District. The result can be seen in the decreasing number of malnutrition cases from year to year," explained Paul Mella, the Head of Timor Tengah Selatan District when he was addressing the audience.
CWS Indonesia's staff (second from right) poses with the Head of TTS District, Paul Mella and other awards recipients
The awards ceremony was held at the TTS House of Representatives' Office on December 27th 2012 celebrating the district's and East Nusa Tenggara Province's 54th anniversary, attended by local authorities, community representatives and local organizations such as Animasi Foundation, Sanggar Suara Perempuan Foundation, Pendidikan Katholik Foundation (Yaswari), Pendidikan Protestan Foundation (Yupenkris), and international organizations, Plan Indonesia and CWS Indonesia, who received the awards.
Ronald Kase, a nurse who was working for CWS Indonesia's Therapeutic Feeding Center, which provides care and treatment for severe to acute malnourished children under-five years old in the district, represented CWS Indonesia to receive the award.
Ronal Kase, CWS Indonesia's staff working at the Therapeutic Feeding Center is representing CWS Indonesia in receiving the Award
The TFC was established as part of the CWS Indonesia's Nutrition Rehabilitation Program started in 2003 in TTS District. The program has been implemented in collaboration with local partners, Abdi Kasih Foundation, 26 community health centers (Puskesmas), and the District Health Office. In 2012 TFC has helped improving nutritional status of 101 severely malnourished children from 75 villages. According to the Health Service Office of TTS there were a total of 401 malnutrition cases in the district in 2012. 71.5% of the total malnutrition cases have been helped by government and non-government organization's initiatives.
Vincent Surma, CWS Indonesia's Program Manager expressed his gratitude for the appreciation, "I thank God and I am thankful to the Government of TTS District for the appreciation and the award. This award is dedicated to the CWS' staffers, who have been working hard to reach out to malnourished children and their families in remote villages all over the district and to the children's family for their cooperation. The award drives and motivates us to keep working hard to solve the malnutrition problem in this area." Surma went on to state that with continued support, CWS hopes to help more children that have not been helped by any government and other organization's initiatives.