INDONESIA: INVESTING IN School Health and Nutrition

The Manoff Group led a situational analysis of School Health and Nutrition (SHN) in Indonesia, funded by the World Bank, and supported a national-level dialogue to identify the steps to take toward an enhanced SHN strategy and program. The resulting recommendations included:

  • Target SHN interventions where education outcomes are low and health insults and poor nutrition status or hunger are high—The investment in SHN programs must give highest priority to those districts and schools where health and nutrition are inhibiting access, participation and progression in school, especially among girls.
  • Strengthen collaboration within the education sector between the Ministry of National Education (MoNE) and the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA) and between health and education— SHN is aimed first and foremost at helping to achieve education goals, and MoNE and MoRA should continue to take the lead in SHN. Collaboration with the health sector is essential as the interventions require health sector guidance and support.
  • Take advantage of the returns from certain low-cost SHN interventions by identifying and implementing district-level approaches to remediation—Providing mass delivery of some SHN services at the district level may make sense if health problems affect a large proportion of the school-age population in a certain area/district.

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