Strengthening the Role of Higher Education in Reducing Stunting Prevention in North Sumatra


  • Ismail Efendy Lecturer at the Faculty of Public Health, Helvetia Medan Health Institute
  • Asriwati Amirah Lecturer at the Faculty of Public Health, Helvetia Medan Health Institute
  • Mappeaty Nyorong Lecturer at the Faculty of Public Health, Helvetia Medan Health Institute
  • Sri Maryani Tanjung Helvetia Institute of Health students
  • Soeandi Malik Pratama Helvetia Institute of Health students



Effectiveness, Stunting, Convergence Action, Assistance


Indonesia has established specific objectives aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Program for the year 2030 in the domain of public health. These objectives primarily focus on enhancing nutritional standards and overall health quality as a means of addressing the prevailing issue of stunting. The attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) necessitates proactive preparation and effective coordination across various sectors. In the past two decades, progress in addressing the issue of stunting has been notably sluggish. On a global scale, there has been a mere 0.6% annual reduction in the prevalence of stunted growth among children since 1999. According to projections, if the current trend persists, it is anticipated that in 15 years, approximately 450 million children will be affected by growth retardation or stunting. It is hypothesized that the lack of cross-sectoral roles in preventing stunting is the causative factor. Therefore, it is imperative to enhance the role through convergence actions in order to expedite the reduction of stunting. The role of higher education involves implementing a mentoring strategy for both educators and engaging students in the Program to Accelerate the Reduction of Stunting at 10 locations in the Labuhan Batu district. This program adopts a five-pillar approach, which includes: (1) enhancing the commitment and leadership of the Village/Kelurahan Government, (2) strengthening and developing systems, data, information, research, and innovation, (3) promoting behavior change and community empowerment in terms of nutrition, healthy behavior, cooperation, and self-reliance, (4) implementing specific and sensitive interventions through a stunting caring family approach, and (5) ensuring food security at the individual, family, and community levels by optimizing the utilization of local food ingredients. The factors that promote the implementation of convergence initiatives to expedite the reduction of stunting encompass the government's dedication, alongside the engagement of diverse stakeholders from both the healthcare and non-healthcare domains.


Golden, M. H. N. (1994). Is complete catch-up possible for stunted malnourished children?. European journal of clinical nutrition, 48(1), 58-71.

Haamann, T., & Basten, D. (2019). The role of information technology in bridging the knowing-doing gap: an exploratory case study on knowledge application. Journal of Knowledge Management, 23(4), 705-741.

Kar, B. R., Rao, S. L., & Chandramouli, B. A. (2008). Cognitive development in children with chronic protein energy malnutrition. Behavioral and Brain Functions, 4(1), 1-12.

Lim, V. K., & Teo, T. S. (2005). Prevalence, perceived seriousness, justification and regulation of cyberloafing in Singapore: An exploratory study. Information & Management, 42(8), 1081-1093.

Muhafidin, D. (2022). Policy strategies to reduce the social impact of stunting during the COVID-19 pandemic in Indonesia. Journal of Social Studies Education Research, 13(2), 320-342.

Norouzi, N., de Rubens, G. Z., Choupanpiesheh, S., & Enevoldsen, P. (2020). When pandemics impact economies and climate change: Exploring the impacts of COVID-19 on oil and electricity demand in China. Energy research & social science, 68, 101654.

Siswati, T., Iskandar, S., Pramestuti, N., Raharjo, J., Rialihanto, M. P., Rubaya, A. K., & Wiratama, B. S. (2022). Effect of a Short Course on Improving the Cadres’ Knowledge in the Context of Reducing Stunting through Home Visits in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(16), 9843.

Soekirman, S. (2000). Ilmu gizi dan aplikasinya untuk keluarga dan masyarakat. Dirjen Pendidikan Tinggi Departemen Pendidikan Nasional.

Tyler, R. W. (2013). Basic principles of curriculum and instruction. University of Chicago press.




How to Cite

Efendy, I., Amirah, A., Nyorong, M., Tanjung, S. M., & Pratama, S. M. (2023). Strengthening the Role of Higher Education in Reducing Stunting Prevention in North Sumatra. Journal of Universal Community Empowerment Provision , 3(2), 42-50.