23
January
The United States Defense Minister James Mattis met President Joko Widodo, at Merdeka Palace Jakarta on Tuesday (23/1). In the meeting, minister James Mattis accompanied by the US ambassador to Indonesia Joseph R. Donovan were welcomed by President Joko Widodo who was accompanied by minister of State Secretary Pratikno and Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs AM Fachir. After the meeting, the US Minister Mattis conveyed that he together with President Joko Widodo discussed various things related to Indonesian and the US partnership. Minister James Mattis also conveyed that he made sure that the US commitment to support Indonesia reminding the important role which played by Indonesia in the territoy including Indo-Pacific territory.  
 
"We talked about our partnership and which common ground in term of respect from one democracy to another and I am here to listen to your leaders and understand what it is we can do to assist you, one democracy to another, you who are so important here in the Indo-Pacific region," James Mattis said. 
 
The US Defense Minister James Mattis is visiting Indonesia from January 22  24, 2018. Before he met with President Joko Widodo, James Mattis has met Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi and Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu. The meeting with minister Ryamizard was Mattis main agenda to Indonesia.  The two Defense ministers met at Defense Ministrys building and discussed about the increase of defense cooperation between the two countries. The two ministers also discussed efforts to strengthen cooperation within the Indo-Pacific context, in particular to create a peaceful, stable and prosperous Indo-Pacific region//  trs-yati (ndy)
 
24
January

National Nutrition Day is commemorated every January 25 and this year is the 58th anniversary. This year's subtheme is 'Together Preventing Stunting Through Family Independency'. Director of Nutrition, Directorate General of Nutrition and Maternal and Child Health, Ministry of Health, Doddy Izwardy explained, there is a decrease in the number of malnutrition every year in Indonesia. In a special interview with Voice of Indonesia in Jakarta on Monday (22/1), he said that based on the Monitoring status of nutrition in 2017, the number of children with underweight or lack of nutrition has decreased. Ahead of the National Nutrition Day Commemoration, he asked people to sympathize and learn from the extraordinary condition of malnutrition in Asmat, Papua, so that the condition of malnutrition will never happened in the future. According to him, nutritional problems can be overcome with education about nutrition and health.

"The most vital thing is to build the resources. In this nutritional day we can spared stunting by the first 1000 days of life with family independence. So, we take the smallest, the core. 1000 days of life is starting from pregnant up to 2 years. So, she can take her nutrition. So, she did not give birth to a child with low birth weight" Doddy Izwardy said.

Doddy further explained, knowledge and attitudes of parents about the fulfilling their children need of nutrition clearly determine the nutritional status of children. The nutritional status of children is closely related to the knowledge and attitude of parents in providing food. The nutrition program that has been implemented by the government has contributed to the prevention of nutrition problems. There needs to make effort by accelerating nutrition improvement which is declared by the government through Presidential Regulation No. 42, 2013 on the National Movement for the Acceleration of Nutrition Improvement with priority on the first thousand day of life// (Sekar/trs.Rezha)

23
January
The United States Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is visiting Indonesia from January 22 to 24 2018. A member of House Commission 1, Dave Akbarshah Fikarno said, Jim Mattis' visit to Indonesia shows that Indonesia has a strategic and important position in defense . He emphasized  to Voice of Indonesia, in Jakarta on Tuesday (23/1), on the defense side, any forms of cooperation built by both countries should prioritize the sovereignty and Indonesian interests. According to Dave, there are various forms of cooperation that can be built by both countries such as counter terrorism and human trafficking.
 
"Indonesia has an important position in Asia Pacific region. Well, America and its neighbors have a number of rich border patrol agreements. Also monitoring people smuggling, drugs smuggling or countering terrorism. Indonesia also has the same problems. Well this can be issues to be discussed and also to reach agreement between Indonesia and America to overcome these problems," Dave said. 
 
Dave Akbarshah further explained that in the field of counter terrorism Indonesia and the US can cooperate through sharing information, training, discussing terrorism cells that are supervised by the US. In the maritime field, Dave said, Indonesia can discuss and consider in advance the US request to open the sea lane to be able to cross the northern part of Java Island. According to him, the interests and advantages why Indonesia should open a special path for America should also be of consideration. //(Sekar/trs Rezha)
 
23
January

The Indonesian Government has conducted quick response to the extraordinary condition of malnutrition and measles in Asmat Regency, Papua Province. Director of Nutrition, Directorate General of Nutrition and Maternal and Children Health, Ministry of Health, Doddy Izwardy explained that the directorate general has sent a flying health care team which consists of 39 health workers from various professions to meet the needs of health services at various districts in Asmat Regency. In a special interview with RRI World Service, Voice of Indonesia in Jakarta on Monday (22/1), he said that 1.2 tons of medicines has been distributed. To meet the nutrition needs of toddlers in Asmat Regency, Indonesian Ministry of Health has sent toddlers food supplement, food supplement for pregnant mothers and children food supplement from central food reserves. Previously toddlers food supplements and food supplement for pregnant mother have also been sent from the reserves of Papua Province. Meanwhile, food supplement for infants and food supplements for pregnant mothers have been sent in cooperation with Indonesian Military (TNI).

 

"The assistance has been done by the government, by sending food. TNI and POLRI, churches, stakeholders have provided various assistance. We also serve immunization and help to educate them. The total population is only 105 thousands. But they are nomadic and we must use boats to reach them," he said. 
 Doddy further explained, Asmat Regency has a very difficult geographical condition to reach. Asmat Regency generally consists of swamps, so, the source of food is very limited. The source of clean water only relies on rain resulting inadequate sanitation. People live in the forest and nomadic, so that the coverage of immunization is low. Although it has been maximally done by health personnel it cannot optimally increase immunization coverage and vitamin A supplement distribution./// (Sekar/trs.Rezha)