[FOCUS GROUP DISCUSSION] Filantropi Indonesia Food Security and Nutrition Cluster
On Monday, April, 29th 2019, Filantropi Indonesia with the Filantropi Indonesia Food Security and Nutrition Cluster held a Focus Group Discussion with participants from the cluster member organizations and academics. The discussion agenda this time is sharing session: which discusses good practices related to food security and / or nutrition programs among cluster members and related stakeholders, preparation and discussion on charta, and discussions related to a writing of Filantropi Indonesia Food and Nutrition Cluster book.
The discussion began with the opening of speech by Mr. Hamid Abidin as an Executive Director of Filantropi Indonesia. He talked about 6 clusters of Filantropi Indonesia which are currently running. The purpose of these clusters is as a means of sharing, capacity building, joint advocacy, and collaboration that can be carried out in accordance with the capacity and concern of each organization. Then the discussion continued with a sharing session with Dr. Widjaja Lukito, PhD, SpGK as the representation from the Danone Institute Foundation Indonesia. He conveyed the theme raised by Filantropi Indonesia Food and Nutrition Resilience Cluster on stunting, it is necessary to have a common perception regarding the stunting itself. That stunting is not a secondary shortness caused by genetics, such as bone abnormalities and thyroid hypofunction. Based on the results of FGD with mothers of children under five, the results showed that the mothers were bullied by their peers; the mother themselves doesn't know much about food and nutrition. The hope is that the FI cluster can also raise issues that are not mainstream. In carrying out the program, the Public Health Office and Puskesmas should not be abandoned, because in territory, they are still responsible for health in the local area.
Furthermore, Ms. Cleo shared about the Outreach Therapeutic Infant Food Agency (OTIFA) program – Anak anak Tasdik Sejahtera Foundation. This program is a cross-sector movement whose purpose is to improve the nutritional status of children in the City and District in Tasikmalaya, in collaboration with the City Health Office and Tasikmalaya Regency. The OTIFA program also collaborates with klikquick organizations, a local Tasikmalaya organization. OTIFA was launched in August 2018 with recruitment started in September. The OTIFA program is conducted in 5 sub-districts. The OTIFA program has its own guidance and training instruments.
Ms. Ni Made Jendri (Pasar Minggu Puskesmas) also expressed her opinion on bully cases by cadres on mothers whose children had nutritional problems. Therefore, it’s important to educate each cadre about how they address the issues surrounding nutrition and how they are conveyed to these mothers. The Puskesmas has trained Posyandu cadres for counselling, and this is also need to be improved.
At the end of the session, the members of cluster also discussed about the preparation of the joint book. This book is expected to become an annual report for Filantropi Indonesia Food Security and Nutrition Cluster. In writing this book, the chapter should be divided based on the program focus of each cluster member so that the information that will be included or taken is also not overlapping (doing a mapping of each member's best practices). The book is expected to be a reference for global philanthropy.