ACTNews, JAKARTA - The Central Statistics Agency (BPS) released its latest publication on poverty in Indonesia in March 2019. Over 25 million people live poverty, and there are eight provinces that have increased poverty levels, including Riau Archipelago, West and East Nusa Tenggara, West Kalimantan, North and Southeast Sulawesi, North Maluku, and Papua.
Although according to BPS the level of poverty in Indonesia in general is declining, this is still a tremendous challenge to improve the welfare of the Indonesian people. The poverty that continues to shackle the people of Indonesia has led to various impacts. Former Head of the Central BPS Center for Education and Training Rizali Ritonga in his opinion published by Kompas daily, Tuesday (7/16) said, the clutch of poverty in Indonesia is something that needs to be considered, especially the effects caused to children.
The needs of adults and children are very different. Adults only need clothing, food and shelter, while their children still need additional basic needs such as education and health. It is this education and health sector that needs attention, according to Rizali Ritonga.
"On the other hand, children are vulnerable to poverty when people's purchasing power is declining, especially due to the economic crisis, unpopular programs, and disasters. In fact, when purchasing power decreases, some of the basic needs of children need to be sacrificed, "Rizali writes.
Based on the observation, there are indeed many children's needs that are neglected due to poor economic conditions. In Agam, West Sumatra, for example, Muhammad Fadhli, who was only 1.5-month-old and suffered from severe malnutrition, did not receive proper medical treatments. The reason is because his parents, who work odd jobs, are unable to fully fund his child's treatment process.
Humanity Food Truck Team distributed meals to scavengers in Pademangan, North Jakarta in 2019. There are still many poor people living in this area.
Despite the health insurance from the government, the transportation to health facilities poses another problem as the access to nearest health facilities is often too difficult and costly. Meanwhile, as the family’s needs must be fulfilled, they have no money for the recovery of Fadhli's nutrition. Currently, Fadhli's condition is starting to improve after receiving medical assistance from the Mobile Social Rescue-Aksi Cepat Tanggap. "The improvement is quite rapid," said Aan Saputra from ACT West Sumatra team last July.
The eradication of poverty is not the duty of only one group, but it’s the duty of the whole nation. ACT President Ibnu Khajar said, one way to solve the problem of poverty in Indonesia is by being generous.
"The spirit of sharing must continue to be fostered, this kindness is not just sharing with the underprivileged in cities, but also in various corners of the country," said Ibnu.