I was born in a small town called Tanjung Pinang located in west Sumatra. My mother told me that I was born with weight less than 2.5 kilograms, but fortunately I grew normally to adolescence. That was 20 years ago, but today I still see infants that are born with low birthweight in my town. People around me just eat what they want without considering which food is good for health and people are more prone to diseases. There are low birthweight infants, stunted children, malnutrition, and also now obesity, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and other diseases. All of these are rising.
In lower-income countries like Indonesia, hunger and malnutrition still occur in poor areas: thus, prevalence of low birthweight infants, malnutrition, and deficiency diseases are still high in Nusa Tenggara Timur. It is hard for government to solve all such nutritional issues.
The way to solve nutritional issues is not just a matter identifying appropriate nutrients and foods. These issues are more complex, and involve social, cultural, economic and political dimensions. Networking is needed, between community, government and social organizations working together.
Nobody can do everything, but there is always something all of us can do. In my community I am lending a hand to help the most vulnerable people.