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Project details

Supporting front line health volunteers in remote Indonesia Indonesia , RUN BY: SurfAid | STATUS: IN PROGRESS

Kristina Yale has been regularly attending her local Posyandu (community health post) to ensure her youngest daughter Aprilia is growing to a healthy weight and height. She has been working closely with the Kaders (health care volunteers) to ensure Aprilia is getting a balanced diet with all of the necessary nutrients for a growing child

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Project Background

Sumba and Rote Island are in remote areas of Indonesia where government services are limited, health statistics are low, and poverty rates high. Here 1 in 3 children is stunted (in some parts of Rote, as many as 1 in 2 children).

Stunting is often a result of limited access to food supply, poor health, hygiene and/or feeding practices, and/or poverty. Stunting has huge costs for the child and for the economy, as it affects children’s immune systems and brain development well into their adult life.

SurfAid believes that no matter where you live, you have a right to access quality basic health services. We know that Mother and Child Health is improved when the basic health structures such community health post(Posyandu)as are in place and the staff and community health volunteers(kader)are well-trained, adequately equipped, able and motivated to deliver health services.

The Posyandu provide invaluable monthly health services relating to children under five, their parents and pregnant women. The posyandu is run by kader and village midwives. These kader are the frontline in tackling mother and child health issues. Unfortunately they often lack adequate training, support or even basic equipment to fulfill their important role.

Project Overview

SurfAid trains and coaches the community health volunteers(called kader)and village midwives to better promote antenatal care to pregnant women, good feeding and care practices among parents, and perform growth monitoring of children under five.

Fathers and mother in laws as key decision makers in the families are actively engaged to ensure they support and encourage mothers health seeking behaviour including, immediate and exclusive breastfeeding, child feeding and care, household food distribution, reducing workloads and increasing caloric intake for pregnant and lactating women.

SurfAid uses interactive materials and tools co-designed with the communities in education sessions linked with community events. Local champions or influencers are selected to help promote the key message.

SurfAid has used these methodologies in other remote areas successfully:

  • To increase skills, competence and self confidence of kader and village midwives on:
    • the key health behaviors (health seeking behaviour, immediate and exclusive breastfeeding, child feeding and care focussing on the on the first 1000 days)
    • facilitating interactive sessions with community members
  • To increase skills, competence and self confidence of both parents and caregivers on the key health behaviours
  • To increase the involvement of fathers in parenting and care tasks

What’s Covered in Project Cost

For 25 community health posts and 150 community health volunteers, reaching about 5,000 families

  1. Training and coaching on mother and child health issues for kader, village midwives, parents and caregivers
    • Trainers and coaches
    • Materials, venue, transport
    • Basic equipment, like weighing scales
  2. Cooking classes
    • Trainers and coaches
    • Local ingredients
    • Local recipe book
  3. Two creative educational videos, creative materials, brochures and games for training sessions
    • Designing, printing and distribution of creative materials/brochures/posters
    • Producing, script writing, renting cameras and other equipment for the videos
    • Renting generators for showing the movies

Partners & Community Involvement

SurfAid’s approach includes a focus on securing ongoing village and/or government funding and support. When communities and local governments provide funding or support for activities, it increases their local ownership, which in turn increases security and maintenance of the equipment and crops, decreasing risk of damage or neglect, and increases sustainability. The government has been highly enthusiastic and involved in SurfAid’s programs to date. This is a strong positive indictment of SurfAid’s value, results and relevance, and bodes well for its program sustainability.

Additional information

SurfAid implements activities in the areas of community health services, food production, agricultural income and women's empowerment to ensure all factors that influence nutrition are addressed.

This project contributes to SurfAid’s overarching 6 year project called NusaTani(meaning ‘Farming Islands’ in Bahasa Indonesia) in Sumba, working to tackle poverty, stunting and malnutrition at a household level through nutrition-sensitive agriculture. Furthermore, it contributes to a new 3 year program in Rote island, with a focus on stunting and malnutrition at a household level through support for the first 1000 days in the life of a child.

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