35%

of adolescent girls in East Java reached with IFA

54%

of adolescent girls in East Nusa Tenggara reached with IFA

21%

of girls in East Nusa Tenggara consumed the recommended amount of IFA

The Need

Prevalence of anaemia among adolescent girls

At least 33% of adolescent girls in Indonesia are anaemic. The prevalence of inadequate nutrition and anaemia among girls, compounded by early marriage and pregnancy, is a public health challenge in the country.

Our Solution

Improving access and increasing consumption of WIFAS

Folate/Folic Acid

Folate/Folic Acid

Iron

Iron

Developing an effective and scalable model for weekly iron-folic acid  supplementation (WIFAS)

The project increases access to, and consumption of, WIFAS for adolescent girls aged 15 to 18 through school-based programs, aiming to reach 70 to 80% of total enrolled girls in secondary schools.

Developing an advocacy strategy

The program includes an advocacy strategy with key local, district, provincial and national government officials to:

  • Improve WIFAS policies and guidelines
  • Increase the Government of Indonesia’s own budget allocation and contribution to WIFAS

The Impact

Improving adolescent girls' nutrition

MITRA Youth has helped to prevent and reduce cases of anaemia in Indonesia, so that adolescent girls are able to actively participate in their communities and work to achieve their full potential. 

35%

of adolescent girls in East Java reached with IFA

54%

of adolescent girls in East Nusa Tenggara reached with IFA

21%

of girls in East Nusa Tenggara consumed the recommended amount of IFA