The Better Investment for Stunting Alleviation project supports the Government of Indonesia’s national strategy to reduce stunting by improving nutrition before pregnancy and in the first 1,000 days.
Adequate nutrition in the first years of a child’s life provides the essential building blocks for brain development, healthy growth, and a strong immune system, and it helps prevent future non-communicable diseases associated with overweight.
Despite significant recent accomplishments made in reducing child mortality, every year over five million children die before their fifth birthday because of:
- Inadequate infant and young child nutrition (IYCN), especially a lack of breastfeeding
- Deficiencies in micronutrients such as vitamin A and iron