Jakarta – Church World Service held a training and workshop on health and nutrition on 3 – 7 May 2010. Fourteen staff attended this event to improve their knowledge and skill on health and nutrition related issues.
Badwi M. Amin, CWS Senior Program Officer for Health and Nutrition who also served as facilitator, pointed out, “the goal of this training and workshop is to strengthen health and nutrition program of CWS Indonesia by improving the capacity of its staff on accessing and addressing health and nutrition related problems in their areas of intervention.”
It is recognized that malnutrition contributes to over half of all cases of children under-five mortality in Indonesia. It is associated with intake of nutritious food, diseases, food consumption pattern, environment and access to health service facility. Malnutrition is also heavily related to food security or food availability.
According to food and nutrition security bulletin that was issued by World Food Program in August – October 2009, the proportion of food insecure household in Nusa Tenggara Timur (West Timor) increased from 26% in April – July 2009 to 31% in August - October 2009, particularly in rural area. Food security is a big issue in several districts, where access to food, access to safe drinking water and sanitation facilities are limited like in rural areas in NTT, North Sumatra, Aceh and South Sulawesi.
Church World Service strives to address malnutrition and food security in several areas in Indonesia. CWS has been implementing various health and nutrition program in Timur Tengah Selatan District, NTT, Makassar District, South Sulawesi, Nias District, North Sumatra and Aceh. CWS focuses on health promotion and disease prevention, reproductive health, nutrition education and supplementation.
Better program implementation will give much contribution to the improvement of health and nutritious status of the people in each area. Therefore, CWS finds it necessary to improve its staff’s capacity in conducting better program.
In addition to information on infant-youth feeding, nutrition and rehabilitation, maternal nutrition and maternal-child health, the training also provided the humanitarian workers information on adolescent reproduction health which was facilitated by Titin Rezeki, CWS HIV and Gender Adviser and early childhood and development which was facilitated by Anastasia Heni Wijayanti, CWS Psychosocial Advisor.
Dessy Susanty, Senior Program Officer for Monitoring and Evaluation is explaining about assessment on health and nutrition.
Participants are identifying underlying cause and immediate cause of health and nutrition problem in each area of intervention and making plan based on the assessment.
CWS also invited officials from Ministry of Health to give information on nutrition program and its policy, maternal health and its policy as well as child health program and its policy. From their presentation, CWS can acknowledge and plan activities that have not been covered by the government to fill in the gap.
The training and workshop included various methods like presentation, brainstorming (information and experiences sharing), discussion, Q&A, simulation, Ice breaking and games.
Following the training, CWS conducted health and nutrition workshop. The aim of the workshop was to set follow up actions for each office in each area of intervention. The participants were divided into groups based on area they work in.
At the end, each group shared health and nutrition issues in their area and presented their intervention activities plan. Hindra Sulaksono, CWS Program Manager in Aceh office, explained, “Aceh faces high number of children under five mortality, high number of underweight children under five, and high rate of mother mortality. After this training and workshop, we’re going to do health and nutrition assessment and data searching in our area of intervention in Aceh.” [IS/V/2010]