Efforts of The Integrated Health Post Cadres for Improving Nutritional Status of Stunted Children


Heny Noor Wijayanti, Afroh Fauziah

 

Diploma III Program of Midwifery, Faculty of Health,

Universitas Respati Yogyakarta

 

ABSTRACT 

Background:Stunting is a primary manifestation of malnutrition in early childhood, in­cluding mal­­nutrition during fetal development brought on by the malnourished mo­ther. Good nutrition is a critical for the rapid growth and develop­ment of children. With­­­out a good nutrition, children maybecome stunted and sufferfrom per­ma­nent brain damage. This study aimed to examine the ef­­forts of the integrated health post cadres for improving nutritional status of stunted chil­dren.

Subjects and Method: This was a qualitative study conducted at several integrated health posts (Posyandu), Depok II, West Java. A sample of 9 informants was selected for this study in­clu­­­­ding 6 health cadres from the posyandu. Three triangulation infor­mants consisted of nut­ri­tion officer of Sleman district health office, officer of Depok II co­­m­munity health center, and pa­rents with stunted children. The data were collected by in-depth interview and analyzed des­crip­tively.

Results:The nutritional supplementary food program provided at thein­te­grated health posts for 3 month periodwere able to increasethe nutritional status ofthe stun­ted chil­dren. Nutrition offi­cer of PuskesmasDepok II monitored and evaluated the nutri­tion status of children under five monthly.

Conclusion: The nutritional supplementary food program provided for 3 month period in­cre­a­ses the nutritional status of stunt­ed children.

Keywords:cadre, integrated health post, nutritional status, stunting, children

Correspondence:

Heny Noor Wijayanti. Diploma III Program of Midwifery, Faculty of Health, Univer­sitas Respati Yogyakarta. Jl. Raya Tajem Km 1.5 Maguwoharjo, Depok, Sleman, Yogya­karta.

Email: bie_heny@ymail.com. Mobile: 081511582083.

DOIhttps://doi.org/10.26911/theicph.2019.03.578

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