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The effectiveness of women empowerment in preventing stunting in children aged 6-59 months

  • Didik Iman Margatot ,
  • Titih Huriah ,

Abstract

Background: Stunting is a major global nutritional issue with a high prevalence. The high rate of stunting is influenced by several factors, including teenage pregnancy, malnutrition in women during pre-conception, pregnancy breastfeeding, and a woman’s level of knowledge. There is a specific and sensitive nutrition program in Indonesia to prevent stunting in children. Women empowerment is one of the prevention interventions in the sensitive nutrition program. The purpose of this paper is to review the literature related to women’s empowerment in preventing stunting in children aged 6-59 months.

Methods: Search relevant literature using PubMed and ProQuest databases using the keywords Stunting OR Growth disorder OR Under-five years AND women’s empowerment AND mother empowerment. The writer uses a logic grid method with the PICO approach to determine keywords. The inclusion criteria in taking articles that will be reviewed in this paper are articles related to women’s empowerment in preventing stunting in children aged 6-59 months. Articles published in the period 2015-2020 and articles in English.

Results: 705 articles were found in the search using the PubMed and ProQuest databases. Four articles met the author’s review’s inclusion criteria. The four articles reviewed found that women’s empowerment in education and knowledge significantly affected stunting prevention. A woman with high education will be more knowledgeable about healthcare in children, and good nutrition can prevent stunting in children. Another article states that empowering women in terms of decision-making does not have a significant effect in preventing stunting. 

Conclusion: The review concludes that women’s empowerment has a significant impact on preventing stunting. Women can be empowered by increasing knowledge about providing good nutrition to children aged 6-59 months.

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How to Cite

Margatot, D. I., & Huriah, T. (2021). The effectiveness of women empowerment in preventing stunting in children aged 6-59 months. Bali Medical Journal, 10(3), 1230–1234. https://doi.org/10.15562/bmj.v10i3.2852

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