Seminar on Maternal, Infant and Young Child Nutrition in Indonesia

Jakarta, Indonesia
JW Marriott Hotel


It is now known that good nutrition during the 1,000-day period between the start of a woman’s pregnancy through to her child’s second birthday lays the foundation for a healthy and productive future, both for the individual child as well as the entire country. Malnutrition during this critical period results in irreversible physical and cognitive impairments that prevent children from achieving their full potential. It is therefore essential that mothers in developing countries like Indonesia are given the opportunity to provide their children a healthy start in life.

The health of mothers, their new-born infants and young children in Indonesia remains a major challenge. The country reports a high, albeit declining, rate of adolescent pregnancy, raising concerns about nutrition needs during this critical period of growth and development for both mother and infant. Among young children, the prevalence of stunting remains high with the double burden of malnutrition and overweight in children occurring in a number of regions. Complementary feeding that provides dietary diversity will be vital to ensure that nutrient needs are met.


This one-day seminar aimed to:

  • Examine the current nutrition and health status of adolescent females, pregnant and lactating women and their implications on the health of infants and young children
  • Discuss existing programs that address the needs of adolescent females, pregnant and lactating mothers, infants and young children
  • Identify gaps in existing knowledge and programs using a continuum of care perspective


The program is available here.

  • FOCUS ON Pregnant and Lactating Women
  • FOCUS ON Infants and Young Children

The seminar discussed the nutrition and health status of each group, programs and interventions targeted at these groups, assessment of gaps in existing knowledge and programs and the impact of maternal nutrition on birth outcomes (physical and cognitive effects).


The summary report is available here.


SMILING Project: Findings and Implications for Maternal and Child Nutrition in Indonesia
Dr. Siti Muslimatun, SEAMEO RECFON, Indonesia

How Practices during Pregnancy Affect Health Outcomes for Mother and Infant
Dr. Anies Irawati, National Institute of Health Research and Development, Ministry of Health, Indonesia

Physiological and Nutrition Needs in Pregnant and Lactating Young Women and Adolescents (presentation not available)
Dr. Noroyono Wibowo, University of Indonesia, Indonesia

Nutrition, Health Status, Programs and Policy for Pregnant and Lactating Women in Indonesia
Dr. Trihono, Indonesian Health Care Professionals Council, Indonesia

Nutrition and Health Status of Infants and Young Children in Indonesia
Dr. Doddy Izwardy, Directorate of Nutrition, Ministry of Health, Indonesia

Use of Nutritional Assessment Surveys to Inform Food-based Strategies to Combat Micronutrient Deficiencies in Young Children
Dr. Lisa Houghton, University of Otago, New Zealand 

Translating Guidelines into Practice: Complementary Feeding in Indnesia
Dr. Umi Fahmida, SEAMEO RECFON, Indonesia 

Establishing Desirable Fortificant Levels for Complementary Foods: Examples from Three Asian Countries
Dr. Rosalind Gibson, University of Otago, New Zealand