Australia's Deputy Head of Mission sees success of MITRA program in Indonesia
February 25, 2019
Helping adolescent girls in Indonesia reach their full potential
2017 - 2020
Funded by the Governments of Australia, Canada and Indonesia, MITRA Youth provides iron-folic acid supplements to prevent and reduce anaemia for adolescent girls so they can reach their full potential.
Prevalence of anaemia among adolescent girls
At least 33% of adolescent girls in Indonesia are anaemic. The prevalence of inadequate nutrition and anaemia among girls, compounded by early marriage and pregnancy, is a public health challenge in the country.
Improving access and increasing consumption of WIFAS
Developing an effective and scalable model for weekly iron-folic acid supplementation (WIFAS)
The project increases access to, and consumption of, WIFAS for adolescent girls aged 15 to 18 through school-based programs, aiming to reach 70 to 80% of total enrolled girls in secondary schools.
Developing an advocacy strategy
The program includes an advocacy strategy with key local, district, provincial and national government officials to:
Improving adolescent girls' nutrition
MITRA Youth has helped to prevent and reduce cases of anaemia in Indonesia, so that adolescent girls are able to actively participate in their communities and work to achieve their full potential.