The Face of Childhood Nutrition in Eastern Indonesia

unicefRecently, I read yet another article in the Indonesian press about child malnutrition. Or rather, it was less an article about malnutrition per se and more a presentation of the standard format: a study, statistics and a solution.

The study: a respectable report by Unicef, the United Nations Children’s Fund. The statistics: 40 percent of Indonesian children suffer from malnutrition. The solution: funding from the European Union and Unicef for programs in East Nusa Tenggara, Central Java and Papua.

Any regular reader of Indonesian newspapers is familiar with articles such as this one. What these articles miss is precisely what they purport to present: an evaluation of child malnutrition.

—–> Jakarta Globe

—–> Unicef