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Improve nutrition and reduce stunting using science and the arts

  • Sector: Health
  • Country location: Indonesia
  • Grantee: Griffith University

Project description

Griffith University's School of Medicine is dedicated to leading innovative research in the area of public health and, specifically, health promotion. Creative and cross-disciplinary research in Australia and the Asia-Pacific Region has led to successful interventions that have helped to tackle the complex and multi-faceted issues that face our region.

Prof Stewart has built a strong reputation in Indonesia (recognized and rewarded by his appointment as an Officer of the Order of Australia) using music and culture for health education purposes at the village level. Griffith University and Udayana University, Bali, have built a strong international network based on partnership and collaboration.

Using contemporary Indonesian arts and culture, this collaboration targets a social/health initiative (stunting) that has major gender implications and promotes understanding of Australian expertise in diet, nutrition, sanitation and hygiene. In 2016, Indonesia had the fifth highest prevalence of stunting in the world (37 per cent) with Bali having a higher rate than the national average. This project will therefore develop a comprehensive intervention with components across cultural, educational, latrine/water infrastructure and treatment dimensions to improve knowledge, attitudes and behaviours relating to nutrition, hygiene and sanitation in East Bali Province (Karangasem District).

Key dates

  • Initial scoping meeting, Denpasar, Bali, 19 August 2019 to 20 August 2019
  • Training workshop, Denpasar, Bali, 17 October 2019 to 20 October 2019
  • Australia-Indonesia Institute grant offer: $30,000.00 No GST
  • Total project value: $73,850
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