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Utilization of Information Technology in reducing stunting rate in Indonesia

Written by  Rahma
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The development of a nation is largely determined by the quality of its human resources. If a country has high-quality human resources, the management of all existing natural resources will certainly be maximized to create prosperity for the people of that country. It is not surprising that improving the quality of human resources is one of the focuses of the Indonesian President Joko Widodo's program. One way to get quality human resources is to reduce stunting or failure to thrive in children. Based on data from the 2021 Indonesian Nutrition Status Study (SSGI), currently the stunting rate in Indonesia is still 24.4 percent.

The government has taken various methods to reduce the stunting rate in Indonesia. One of them is through information technology. As has been implemented in Sumedang Regency in West Java, which has succeeded in reducing the stunting rate from 32.27 percent in 2018 to 8.27 percent in 2022, the success in significantly reducing stunting is supported by an electronic-based government system (SPBE).

In a press statement at the Presidential Office in Jakarta, Monday (02/01), Regent of Sumedang, Dony Ahmad Munir said that Sumedang Regency uses a platform called Simpati (Integrated Stunting Management Information System). This platform connects various stakeholders, starting from posyandu (integrated health services post) cadres to record weight and height checks for children, regional leaders, health centers, villages to other related agencies to obtain reports related to stunting.

Sumedang regency's efforts to reduce stunting rates by utilizing information technology should be supported and emulated by the regional governments in Indonesia. President Joko Widodo has instructed Regent Dony Ahmad to be able to directly assist areas that still have a high number of stunting cases and ask the regional governments to be able to apply digital technology in handling stunting cases by using an electronic-based government system.

Through the use of information technology, it is hoped that it can reduce the stunting rate in Indonesia. In the end, this can improve the quality of Indonesian human resources.

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