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The Foundation for Mother and Child Health | Yayasan Balita Sehat

Area served: Indonesia
Jakarta
Telephone: +62 21 723 2119
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The Foundation for Mother and Child Health/Yayasan Balita Sehat, provides meals, medical care and lessons for both Indonesian mothers and their children.
Mothers have access to health education and small skills training programmes and children have the opportunity to benefit from a preschool education and primary school scholarships.


Main Focus

  • Child Rights
  • Education
  • Health
  • Poverty
  • Training & Skills

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The Foundation for Mother and Child Health/Yayasan Balita Sehat, provides meals, medical care and lessons for both Indonesian mothers and their children.

Mothers have access to health education and small skills training programmes and children have the opportunity to benefit from a preschool education and primary school scholarships.

Many of the children suffer from undernutrition and all of them come from impoverished backgrounds. FMCH have run early learning centres (ELC) in South Jakarta and West Timor. These centres enable children from poor families to attend preschool.

Yayasan Balita Sehat, started its first programmes in Jakarta, Indonesia in 2001. It was set up in response to a worsening economic crisis in Indonesia brought about by political instability, resulting in large numbers of Indonesian children becoming seriously malnourished.

An Indonesian doctor and expatriate nurse discussed the possibility of providing a nutrition programme for undernourished children in Jakarta which eventually led to an international group of women all living in Jakarta at that time, volunteering their time and expertise to help set up a mother-and-child centre.

The centre was opened providing health, nutrition, education and sustainable skills training programmes for mothers, children and community health workers.  Now also providing a mobile health education and small skills training unit that visit other areas in Jakarta, and having expanded its programmes to other areas of Indonesia such as Bogor and the remote island of West Timor, FMCH has established a very successful presence in this country.

Our goal is to eliminate malnutrition and the causes of poverty in the communities we serve.

Our Programmes

Feeding programme: underweight children are given well-balanced meals three times each week. Their weight and height are measured every month to monitor their progress. Mothers are given access to monthly health and nutrition sessions and cooking classes.

Health and nutrition education: as many mothers of underweight children and mothers of FMCH pre-school children do not have sufficient basic health knowledge such as the importance of breastfeeding, childhood immunizations, or how to prepare healthy snacks for their children, FMCH supports them and shares information with them on health and nutrition.
Besides the regular health education, FMCH also provides special health education events bringing groups of mothers or fathers together and sharing with them information on health and nutrition. These events  are held twice a year.

Training for community health workers : FMCH has developed a comprehensive, self-sustaining programme to train health workers in the community at large. There are two types of training: general community health worker (CHW) training and specific training for CHW’s helping in feeding programmes. These key community resources learn how to identify malnutrition in children that come to see them, and how to work effectively with mothers to combat it.

Medical support: FMCH doctors are available for consultation, basic medical checks and treatment, free of charge, three times a week at FMCH premises. They also provide 6-monthly check-ups and deworming for children attending the FMCH pre school and feeding programme, and will also support other vulnerable children in the communities we serve.

Income generation: FMCH runs skill-building activities for mothers teaching them income generating skills such as sewing and crocheting. Products are sold by FMCH Indonesia online and at various bazaars participated by FMCH.  Income raised is split between the mothers and FMCH Indonesia.

Children’s education: children from poor families can also participate in an early childhood education programme with classes five times each week.

Visit our Shop

All of the items for sale at the Foundation of Mother and Child Health, Indonesia (FMCH Indonesia) are made by women from poor, urban communities in Jakarta.
Income raised through sales of items is split between the women and FMCH Indonesia to support the Small Enterprise Skills program.