The National Population and Family Planning Agency (BKKBN) has initiated the construction of 12 Quality Family Villages (Kampung KB) across four districts in Merauke Regency, South Papua Province. The announcement, made on Wednesday, December 6, 2023, marks a step forward in implementing priority tasks encompassing family development, demography, and family planning.
Creating High-Quality Families
Dr. Hasto Wardoyo, the head of BKKBN, emphasized that the core of this program is the formation of small, high-quality families. This objective will be achieved by planning the age of marriage, timing of births, spacing of children, and providing exclusive breast milk for the first two years. The government's ambitious goal is to reduce stunting to 14% by 2024, from a 2023 target of 18%. Dr. Wardoyo pointed out that the acceleration of stunting reduction faces challenges, particularly regarding parents' behavior in relation to healthy eating and living habits.
Improving Mothers and Children's Quality
Jeremias Paulus Ruben Ndiken, the Regional Secretary of Merauke, welcomed the launch of Kampung KB. He underscored the initiative as a display of the central government's commitment to elevate the quality of mothers and children in eastern Indonesia. Ndiken highlighted the critical role of nutritional intake and health for mothers and children from the marriage age to the first 1,000 days of life.
Preventing Stunting and Supporting Families
The initiative is not only centered around creating quality families but also includes a robust focus on preventing stunting, with interventions and reporting mechanisms aimed at families at risk. The 12 Kampung KB are primarily based in Waninggap Say Village, Tanah Miring District, and are spread across various districts in the newly autonomous region of South Papua Province.
The launch of Kampung KB forms part of a broader effort by BKKBN that includes strategies such as reviewing long-term contraceptive services, establishing healthy kitchens to combat stunting, and providing assistance to families at risk of stunting.