Health Communication for Stunting Prevention


Scwarskof Turnip

 

Masters Program in Communication Sciences, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences,

Universitas Diponegoro

 

ABSTRACT

Background: Globally, about 1 of 4 children under 5 years old are stunted. An estimated 80% of 165 million stunted children live in 14 countries. Stunting and other forms of under nu­trition re­duce a child chance of survival, while also hindering optimal health and growth. Health com­mu­nication is a key task in the worldwide to prevent the risk of stunting. This study aimed to des­cribe the health communication for stunting prevention.

Subjects and Method: This was a qualitative case study. The theme of this study was health com­­munication for stunting prevention.  The data were collected by in-depth inter­view, ob­ser­va­tion, and document review. The data were analyzed using the notion of Narra­tive Theory and Health about theoretical thinking which explained the function of health na­­­rra­tive.

Results: A number of informative and persuasive efforts through the communication app­ro­ach had been carried out by the Ministry of Health to reduce the number of people suf­fe­ring from stun­­ting. A number of communication and information media were used to convey in­­for­mation or persuasive messages related to stunting. Those media could help the public to understanding stun­ting and how to prevent or overcome it.

Conclusion: Health communication is important to help the public understand on how to pre­vent and overcome stunting.

Keywords: stunting, narrative theory and health, health communication

Correspondence: Scwarskof Turnip. Masters Program in Communication Sciences, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Universitas Diponegoro, Semarang, Central Java. Email: scwar­skoft@gmail.com. Mobile: 08122­65­03805.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.26911/theicph.2019.02.39

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