Our goal is to eliminate malnutrition and the causes of poverty in the communities we
FMCH Indonesia aims to eliminate malnutrition among Indonesian children under the
age of five and the causes of poverty within communities; to improve their health,
nutrition, and education status; and to improve the health education and income
ability of their mothers.
Currently the world’s fourth most populated country, with 237 million people, it has
experienced steady economic growth over the last few years and is now considered
a Middle-Income Country. However, the income gap between rich and poor is
growing and almost half the population still live below, or close to, the poverty line.
Marginalised families are the most vulnerable to economic change and, with a third
of the population under 18 years of age, children are particularly vulnerable.
1 in 3 children under 5 in Indonesia suffer malnutrition and under-five and infant
mortality rates among the poorest families are more than double those of the richest.
Many families do not have access to clean water and good healthcare services and
live in poor housing with limited sanitation and no cooking facilities. Almost half the
children from poor families do not enrol in secondary school.
The causes of malnutrition and the causes of poverty are complex. Families from
poor communities, both urban and rural, face numerous challenges including
vulnerable employment, inadequate water and sanitation and limited education
To combat these many problems facing families and their children, a multi-faceted
programme has been developed to work together to try and improve their health,
nutrition and education:
- Health and nutrition education for parents and community health
workers (CHWs) in vulnerable communities to improve long-term health and
nutritional status of families we work with
- Medical support for children and parents that we work with to monitor
progress and to identify health needs.
- Income generation skills training for children’s mothers to become
- Pre-school education for children aged from 3-5 from communities we
work with to develop early learning skills and parental commitment to long-
- Pregnancy support for women from vulnerable communities for pregnant
mothers in underprivileged areas to better prepare for the delivery and early
- Smart cart taking our mobile library to children in poor communities and
providing entertaining health education through puppet shows and activities