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SEAMEO RECFON commits to effective safeguarding practice in program implementation

SEAMEO RECFON research staff completed a 4-day workshop on current safeguarding practices held on 8-11 October 2019 at the Centre’s headquarter in Jakarta, Indonesia. The workshop was aimed to enhance the Centre’s quality of program implementation involving children, young people, and adults at risk according to internationally acceptable standards

Through the guidance of Ms. Emma Cowan as the workshop’s resource person from UK Social Development Direct, the Centre’s research team was able to draft a set of safeguarding policy and procedures to implement the Project in Indonesia. These documents would also be used to carry out the Centre’s two flagship programs, namely: Nutrition Goes to School (NGTS) and Early Childhood Care, Nutrition and Education (ECCNE). The Centre is committed to implement all its activities in a safe environment to protect from harm, exploitation and abuse all people who benefit from its work, including staff and beneficiaries.

The workshop was held as part of the Centre’s role as the country lead institution for Indonesia within the Action Against Stunting Hub (AASH) Project, in collaboration with the London International Development Centre (LIDC) and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) through the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).

Running for a five-year period from March 2019 – March 2024, the AASH Project aims to examine the synergies, interactions and relative strengths & directionality between the drivers of stunting: biological, behavioural, environmental and social across three countries (India, Indonesia, Senegal). The Indonesian research team is headed by the Centre’s Senior Researcher, Dr. Umi Fahmida and in collaboration with SEAMEO Regional Centre for Early Childhood Care Education and Parenting (CECCEP) which is also based in Indonesia. (AS)

NGTS and ECCNE Program Experiences to Prevent Stunting in Indonesia shared at international public health symposium

Schools and community-based early childhood learning centres are crucial players in addressing stunting issues in Indonesia by implementing appropriate food and nutrition education programs.  This was highlighted by SEAMEO RECFON’s Deputy Director for Program, Dr Jess Fernandez, during his presentation as one of the plenary speakers at the 6th International Public Health Symposium organized by the Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) on 6-7 November 2019 in Jogjakarta.

Dr Fernandez shared the experiences of SEAMEO RECFON’s Nutrition Goes to School (NGTS) and Early Childhood Care, Nutrition, and Education (ECCNE) Programs in mobilizing schools and communities for stunting prevention in Indonesia.  In his presentation, Dr Fernandez articulated the nutrition sensitive and nutrition specific aspects within the various components of the two programs that deal with several underlying causes of malnutrition including stunting.

Since 2017, the NGTS Program has built the capacities of 6,426 school teachers at all levels in Indonesia  on proper food and nutrition through inside and outside classroom activities.  The Program has been providing mentoring to school teachers to incorporate food and nutrition concepts in their lesson plans, build school garden as a medium for nutrition education, establish healthy school canteens and school meal activities to develop good eating habits among students, and promote good hygiene and sanitation practices within the school.  The Program had already developed learning modules on nutrition education for primary and secondary school children. The Program had also conducted a research on the eating behaviors of female adolescent school children and generated local food-based recommendations to address anemia cases and improve their nutritional status as future mothers.

The Centre’s ECCNE Program, on the other hand, focuses on developing models of integrated implementation of essential components of childcare and parenting to optimize child growth and development which involves community-based early childhood learning centres.  Dr Fernandez shared the Program’s experiences since 2018 in building the capacities of teachers of early childhood education centres, including parents of under-two year-old children and community health workers on the ECCNE framework and on stunting prevention in Malang district, East Java and Sambas district, West Kalimantan.  He also discussed about the Program’s research on formulating food-based recommendations from locally available nutrient-dense food sources and implement feeding trials, in collaboration with community health centres in the two districts, to address the nutrient gaps among toddlers and ensure their proper cognitive and physical growth.

Dr Fernandez concluded his presentation by posing the challenge to the public health sector and academe to strengthen their link and develop programs with schools and community learning centres to tackle stunting in Indonesia. 

The symposium is an annual event of UGM’s Department of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine.  This year, the symposium adopted the theme “Multi-sectoral and Multi-disciplinary Approach in Preventing and Managing Stunting.”

SEAMEO RECFON strengthens ISO/IEC 17025:2017 implementation

Officials and staff of SEAMEO RECFON underwent a training on ISO/IEC 17025:2017 on 14-15 October 2019 at the Center’s office in Jakarta, Indonesia aimed at increasing in-house capacity in quality laboratory management and service delivery according to the standards of the said ISO.

The training was conducted by Mr. Anwar Hadi, an environmental monitoring and laboratory expert and author of the book "General requirements for testing laboratory competencies and calibration laboratories."  He discussed about the evolution of ISO/IEC 17025:2017 from ISO/IEC 17025:2005, management and technical requirements of ISO/IEC 17025:2017 with the addition of the principles of risk-based analysis and process control, concepts of impartiality and confidentiality,  proving of uncertainties and traceability, stronger emphasis on continuous improvement, and maximizing the use of computer system in recording and reporting information of laboratory operations.

SEAMEO RECFON laboratory acquired the ISO/IEC 17025:2017 accreditation on 21 August 2019. It offers services on biochemical assessment for Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Beta carotene, Zinc and Vitamin D 25OH in serum.

SEAMEO RECFON highlights halal assurance in food safety training for nutritionists in East Java

Responding to Indonesia’s Legislation No. 31/2019 on Halal Product Assurance for mandatory implementation in the food industry sector, SEAMEO RECFON and the Faculty of Medicine of Universitas Brawijaya (FKUB) conducted a Food Safety and Halal Management Training on 2-5 October 2019 in FKUB Campus in Malang.  Thirty-four nutritionists from various cities of East Java Province completed the training.

For the first time, SEAMEO RECFON included the halal management aspect in its food safety course since it was offered in 1992.  The training emphasized the importance of implementing Good Hygiene Practice (GHP) and Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures (SSOP) as pre-requisites for Halal and Food Safety Assurance implementation in food services.

Aside from lecture-discussions on 11 topics related to food safety and halal managements, the participants experienced hygiene implementation assessment in three different food services in Malang. The participants also developed three different Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) documents as training requirements.

   

The training post-test results showed that the participants acquired 22.8% increase in their knowledge on food safety and halal product assurance.  The participants recommended that halal product assurance must be integrated in all food safety courses for nutritionists in Indonesia.

The training resource persons were Dr. Dwi Nastiti Iswarawanti, MSc from SEAMEO RECFON and Dr. Sucipto, Titis Sari Kusuma, S.Gz., M.P., and Adelya Desi Kurniawati, S.TP, M.P, M.Sc  from FKUB. 

SEAMEO RECFON-Poltekkes Yogyakarta MoA signing kicks off NGTS implementation in Yogyakarta

A Memorandum of Agreement between SEAMEO RECFON and Yogyakarta Health Polytechnic Institute (Poltekkes-Yogyakarta) signed on 12 October 2019 ushered the collaborative implementation of Nutrition Goes To School (NGTS) Program in Yogyakarta Province.  The signing took place after the opening ceremony of Poltekkes-Yogyakarta’s 6th International Conference on Health Sciences held at the Royal Ambarukmo Hotel, Yogyakarta.

The partnership aims to educate school children on proper health and nutrition toward enabling them to become active, well-nourished, and smart citizens through the expertise available in both institutions.  Poltekkes-Yogyakarta’s areas of expertise include nutrition, nursing, midwifery, environmental health, dental nursing, and health analysis.

Under this collaboration, both institutions agreed to adopt a specific name for the program in Bahasa Indonesia which is “Sekolah Sehat, Generasi Kuat” or “Healthy School, Strong Generation” in English.  The program is being piloted in two primary and two junior secondary schools in Klaten District.  A Training of Trainers on the various components of the programs is scheduled to be conducted on 4-7 November 2019 for the teachers of the partner-schools.

The MoA signing was officiated by Dr Agus Hariyanto, SEAMEO RECFON’s Deputy Director for Administration, and Mr. Joko Susilo M.Kes and Dr Iswanto, Director and Vice Director of Poltekkes Yogyakarta, respectively.

The MoA is based on the Memorandum of Understanding between SEAMEO RECFON and the Human Resources for Health Development and Empowerment Agency (Badan Pengembangan dan Pemberdayaan Sumber Daya Manusia Kesehatan –PPSDMK) of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Indonesia (82/RECFON-MoU/IX/2019 and 01.06/2/6470/2019). (IO)

 

SEAMEO RECFON Contributes to Aksi Bergizi Program launching to improve adolescent nutrition in Indonesia


The endorsement of Peraturan Bupati about Aksi Bergizi Program to improve the nutrition status of adolescent

In line with its commitment to improve the nutrition status of the school children, SEAMEO RECFON supported the launching of Aksi Bergizi by the Government of West Lombok on 11 October 2019 as the implementing partner of the program with UNICEF.

Aksi Bergizi is a program which aims to overcome double burden of malnutrition in adolescents in Indonesia. The relevance of the program prompted the Government of West Lombok to issue a Governor’s Regulation about it during the launching. This regulation would enable schools to initiate activities to improve the nutrition of the students to be supported by the Government of West Lombok.

Among the activities of Aksi Bergizi program includes nutrition education and establishment of healthy school canteens. These are regular activities that SEAMEO RECFON implements in various school levels in Indonesia since 2016 under its Nutrition Goes to School (NGTS) Program .

The program launching was also attended by the representative of UNICEF Indonesia, Direktur Kesehatan Lingkungan MoH of Indonesia, Direktur Kesehatan Kerja dan Olahraga MoH of Indonesia, Head of Education and Culture District Office of Lombok Barat, Head of Health District Office of Lombok Barat, SEAMEO RECFON Director, and principals and representative teachers and students of the schools involved in the program.

                          The visit to Pondok Pesantren NU Darussalam Bermi

While in West Lombok after the Aksi Bergizi launching, SEAMEO RECFON Director also visited Pondok Pesantren NU Darussalam Bermi. The visit was an attempt to explore the possibility of initiating the Centre’s NGTS Program for adolescent nutrition improvement in 2020 through Madrasah and Pondok Pesantren. The NGTS Program has been implemented since 2016 among schools under the Ministry of Education and Culture of Indonesia. (ATH)

SEAMEO RECFON officials orient vocational nutrition students on professionalism in a global society

Two SEAMEO RECFON officials delivered motivational talks  during a Seminar on  “Opportunities and Challenges of Nutrition Professionals in the Global Society” held on 11 October 2019 to 120 students of Tasikmalaya Health Polytechnic Institute who are pursuing their Nutrition Diploma Program at the Institute’s Cirebon Campus.

Dr Judhiastuty Februhartanty, SEAMEO RECFON’s Knowledge Management and Partnership Unit manager, gave an overview of the current global and regional nutrition situations and targets in relation to Sustainable Development Goal 2 of achieving Zero Hunger by 2030.  She emphasized the need for the students to be aware of these global and regional nutrition programs and protocols so that they could properly contribute their knowledge and skills once they become professionals.

SEAMEO RECFON’s Deputy Directof for Program, Dr Jess C. Fernandez, imparted 10 tips to the students on Becoming  a Competitive and Responsible Nutrition Professional. He advised the students to practice the soft skills he mentioned and make them as  habits which they could bring when they start working professionally. He wrapped up his presentation by encouraging the students to be proud of their chosen profession.

Another speaker during the seminar was Dr Hari Santoso, a lecturer from the Institute’s Nutrition Study Program in Cirebon. He highlighted the nutrition situation and policies in Indonesia and the need for more community nutritionists to achieve the country’s national nutrition development goals. He encouraged the students to take their study program seriously and graduate soon to increase the country’s human capital in the health and nutrition sector.

The seminar was part of the collaboration between SEAMEO RECFON and Poltekkes Tasikmalaya in implementing the Centre’s Nutrition Goes to School Program in four schools in Cirebon City. The team of the Nutrition Study Program in Cirebon of Poltekkes Tasikmalaya serves as the implementers of the Program. (jf)

SEAMEO RECFON Supports 2019 World Food Day Celebration in Promoting “Healthy Diets for a #ZEROHUNGER World”

World Food Day celebration on 16 October 2019 calls for “Healthy Diets for a #ZEROHUNGER World” as its theme. This theme is in line with the global agenda of addressing the triple burden of malnutrion (i.e., undernutrition, overnutrition , and micronutrient deficiency) which is caused by the quantity and quality of the diet that people consume. This theme also reinforces RECFON’s long-term advocacy as SEAMEO’s specialist centre in food and nutrition since 2011.

The Centre believes that consuming a healthy diet should not be a short-term approach, but it should be a long term effort, sustainable, affordable and accessible to everyone. Optimizing the consumption of locally available foods in creating healthy and sustainable diets is thus essential.  Since 2016, SEAMEO RECFON has been working on diet optimization using linear programming (LP) approach to develop population-specific food-based recommendations toward promoting the optimal use of local nutrient-dense foods particularly for vulnerable groups such as mothers, infants and young children.

Local nutrient-dense foods have potentials to improve nutrient inadequacy which is one of the contributing factors to malnutrition. SEAMEO RECFON’s recent studies show promising results on the use of locally available and affordable nutrient-dense foods to address stunting in Indonesia. In a community intervention for stunting prevention among under-two children in Sambas West Kalimantan, optimized complementary feeding recommendations (CFR) using local nutrient-dense food has shown positive benefits in improving dietary diversity score and nutrient intakes. The increased intake of animal source foods was found to have positive effect in reducing anemia and stunting among the under-two children.

Figure 1: Local-Based Complimentary Feeding Recommendation (CFR) for Malang District and Sambas District

The nutrition benefit of local nutrient-dense foods should also be promoted as intervention for children with moderately acute malnutrition (MAM). WHO recommends the use of local foods in dietary management of MAM and manufactured foods should be used only when there is food shortage or nutrient gaps that cannot be filled through local foods. However, SEAMEO RECFON’s study found that more than two-thirds of energy consumed by children with MAM comes from manufactured instead of local foods, while LP analysis suggests that one-third to half of the current prescription would be sufficient to fill the gap when accompanied with optimized CFRs.

SEAMEO RECFON’s LP study in 10 stunting prioritized districts in Indonesia showed that different dietary patterns of the community led to different problem nutrients lacking in their diet. The good news is in most of these areas, local nutrient-dense food sources abound which can fill nutrient gaps and therefore should be promoted in local specific food-based recommendations. The use of local nutrient dense food is crucial in creating sustainable, affordable and accessible healthy diet. Considering that Indonesia is a biodiversity-rich country, it is worth maximizing the use of local nutrient-dense foods in improving the nutritional problems that  the country currently faces as well as  contributing to achieve  the SDGs Goal 2 of Zero Hunger.

Figure 2: Mapping of Problem Nutrients in 10 stunting priotised districts in Indonesia

SEAMEO RECFON would always be ready to lend a hand in advocating “Healthy Diets for a #ZEROHUNGER World”. 

 

SEAMEO RECFON, BPPSDMK-MOH Indonesia Seal 5-Year Partnership

SEAMEO RECFON and the Human Resources for Health Development and Empowerment Agency (Badan Pengembangan dan Pemberdayaan Sumber Daya Manusia Kesehatan-BPPSDMK) of the Ministry of Health of Indonesia signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 23 September 2019 during the Centre’s 9th Governing Board Meeting at Rancamaya, Bogor, West Java.

The MoU was signed by SEAMEO RECFON Director, Muchtaruddin Mansyur, PhD and BPPSDM Secretary, Trisa Wahjuni Putri, MKes. The signing was witnessed by the Centre’s Governing Board Members from Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, The Philippines, Singapore, representatives of Bogor City Mayor’s Office,  Bogor Provincial Education Office, Bogor District and Bogor Municipality Health Office, and school partners in Bogor.

In this 5-year collaboration, both parties agreed to synergize their efforts to improve the capacities of human resources for health development in the field of food and nutrition in Indonesia through education, research, and community service. In particular, the partnership expects to increase the capacities of health polytechnic institutes as well as community health centers (Puskesmas) in delivering health and nutrition messages to schools and communities especially through SEAMEO RECFON’s flagship programs on Nutrition Goes To School (NGTS) and Early Childhood Care, Nutrition, and Education (ECCNE).

The BPPSDMK is responsible for improving human resource for health in Indonesia through its technical units, including 33 health polytechnic institutes and 5 human resources for health training centers which are located throughout all provinces in Indonesia.

SEAMEO RECFON has been carrying out its mandates in collaboration with several health polytechnic institutes of BPPSDM in West Java, East Java and Kalimantan since 2000.   With the MoU, the Centre could now extend its technical assistance to all health polytechnic institutes in Indonesia as well as tap their services for NGTS and ECCNE implementation.

 

 

9th GBM endorses 3 Centre’s Initiatives for 2020

Three SEAMEO RECFON’s initiatives for 2020 were approved during its 9th Governing Board Meeting (GBM) held on 22-26 September 2019 at Rancamaya Hotel in Bogor.

The initiatives include publication of a bi-annual magazine and a series of school-based nutrition promotion  profiles of SEAMEO member countries, and becoming a World Health Organization  Collaborating Centre (WHO CC) for Food-based Approaches for Nutrition and Health in Southeast Asia.

The publication of a bi-annual magazine is aimed at disseminating programs and policies, research results in popular format, best practices and trends, case studies, and experts’ opinions related to food and nutrition in Southeast Asia.  It will also feature regular updates on the Centre’s flagship programs on Nutrition Goest to School (NGTS) and Early Childhood Care, Nutrition and Education (ECCNE).  The magazine will carry a specific theme and will call for articles per issue. During a roundtable discussion held on 22 September 2019, the Board agreed to contribute articles and promote it in their respective countries to generate article submission. The Board also agreed to name the magazine as “RECFON AWESOME” adopting the acronym of the expected outcome of its NGTS program i.e. Active, WEll-nourished, and Smart Of ME”.

As a follow up action from the Workshop on the Establishment of the Southeast Asian School-Based Nutrition Promotion (SBNP) Working Group held in March 2019, SEAMEO RECFON shall publish SBNP profiles of each SEAMEO member country starting next year. This publication is expected to provide a comprehensive documentation of health and nutrition status and dietary practices of school children at all levels, and SBNP national policies, programs, best practices, impacts, challenges, and prospects per country. The profiles are also intended to serve as reference materials in aid of policy development, research, and capacity building needed to improve health and nutrition of school children in the region.

SEAMEO RECFON’s desire to become a WHO CC is in recognition of its expertise and experiences in formulating food-based recommendations (FBR) from locally available and affordable food sources through linear programming approach.  The Centre believes that being a WHO CC, it could strengthen linkages among research, academic, and development organizations to conduct research and build capacities to implement  and evaluate FBR-related programs in nutrition and health in Southeast Asia.

The 9th GBM was attended by seven members/representative from Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand.

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