This UNICEF supported nutrition program, implemented through the District Health Office, began in January 2019, when Karno was first scanned.
Esi wishes Karno, now two-years-old, could have received treatment earlier. She wants all parents in the community to know the importance of detecting and treating malnutrition to prevent this happening to other children.
In Indonesia, children with severe acute malnutrition have previously been treated in health centres and hospitals. This means only a small number of children received the treatment they needed, because many families are unable to accompany their children to the hospital for weeks at a time.