VP Ma’ruf Amin Calls for Acceleration to Improve People’s Access to Clean water, Sanitation
Vice President Ma’ruf Amin encouraged the Indonesia Environmental Health Specialists Association (HAKLI) to strengthen its role in improving people’s access to drinking water and proper sanitation to decrease stunting prevalence.
“It can be materialized through synergy among various sides, including the Central Government, regional governments, villages, and through the involvement of environmental health specialists,” he said during the opening of the 3rd National Working Meeting of the HAKLI on Saturday (03/26).
He went on to say that improving people’s access to drinking water and proper sanitation is the Government’s priority to speed up reduction in the prevalence of childhood stunting in Indonesia. The Government has also set a target to provide access to clean drinking water to all households and access to proper sanitation to 90 percent households in Indonesia by 2024.
However, there has not been any significant increase in the number of households having good access to both clean water and proper sanitation in the past three years. With less than three percent of increase, the percentage of households with good access to clean drinking water reached and proper sanitation stood at 90.7 percent and 80.2 percent, respectively. Thus, the Vice President called on all parties particularly the HAKLI to improve their performances in providing the accesses to the public.
He added that partnership plays a strategic role in the effort to reduce prevalence of childhood stunting from 24.4 percent to 14 percent by 2024. Thus, it will support the creation of excellence human resources for the sake of Indonesia’s sustainable development.
On that occasion, Ma’ruf Amin also expressed hope that the National Coordinating Meeting can affirm programs and capacity of the HAKLI in reducing stunting prevalence. (BPMI of Vice President’s Secretariat /UN) (RAS/LW)