PURWAKARTA REGENCY- Chair of the TP PKK West Java Province Atalia Praratya Kamil emphasizes family planning is very closely related to preparing pregnancy within the ideal distance. This is important to reduce the rate of stunting or tenderness in children and improve women's welfare.
"Stunting is a condition of failure to thrive in children under five due to chronic malnutrition, especially in the first 1,000 days of life," Atalia said during a Mobile Broadcast (Sarling) at Posyandu Mawar 11, Kelurahan Nagri Kaler, Purwakarta Regency, Friday (04/26/19) .
"One of the problems arises because many people lack understanding about family planning. Pregnancy also needs to be planned, the distance between children is not too close, not too far," she added.
Based on the Basic Health Research (Riskesdas) of the Indonesian Ministry of Health, the prevalence of West Java stunting in 2013 was 35.3 percent while in 2018 it dropped to 31.1 percent. At present, the West Java Provincial Government targets stunting rates in the next five years to be below 20 percent.
Regarding family planning, Atalia said, a married couple can consult directly with the posyandu, midwife, or doctor. With consultation, prospective parents can get a lot of information regarding the couple's physical and mental condition, as well as the needs needed, so that the couple can make the right decision according to the conditions faced.
Atalia emphasized the purpose of family planning (KB) is not to reduce but to balance the population.
"If we prepare well, besides suppressing the stunting rate, there are also many benefits that can be obtained, among others, mothers are more optimal in taking care of children, relations with husbands can be more harmonious, can prepare financial problems carefully, besides that mothers also have quality time," Atalia said.
By planning a good pregnancy distance, continued Atalia, women can be more empowering themselves in terms of education and social aspects so that the welfare of themselves and their families can be improved.
According to him, family planning that empowers women will produce a prosperous family as well. After a family, husband and wife must maintain that family life is always feasible, maternal and child health is maintained, the future and children's education are guaranteed, so family planning is very important to improve a better standard of living. (*)