Improving child nutrition in Indonesia

Improving child nutrition in Indonesia

Round 1 Indonesia Education and Health Completed



Partner contribution

$ 513,710

DFAT contribution

$ 500,000

Icon Total Funds

Total Value

$ 1,013,710

Start: January 2017 - End: November 2020


GAIN (Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition)

GAIN is a Swiss Foundation launched at the United Nations in 2002 to tackle the human suffering caused by malnutrition. Making markets work for the poor has been a central focus for GAIN since its inception. Through an extensive portfolio, GAIN has developed sustainable delivery models to reach the most vulnerable groups, particularly mothers and children, with nutritious foods and supplements. In Indonesia, GAIN aims to reduce stunting through a comprehensive behaviour change approach improving infant feeding practices, maternal nutrition and access to nutritious products. GAIN works with manufacturers and the Ministry of Health to improve guidelines and delivery of various supplements. GAIN has an MOU with the Directorate of Community Nutrition at the Ministry of Health.

Australian Government

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade works with international partners and other countries to tackle global challenges, increase trade and investment opportunities, protect international rules, keep our region stable and help Australians overseas.


About this partnership

This partnership raised awareness and the use of micronutrient powders amongst children from the ages of six to 24 months. The partners provided nutrition counselling and essential vitamins and minerals to the most vulnerable, while providing opportunities for women entrepreneurs, namely private midwives, to grow their small businesses and generate further income.

The partnership increased sustainable access to micronutrient powders through the commercial development of the existing government product (Taburia) and development of an alternative distribution channel through midwives that will target the most vulnerable households. The market-based approach is an alternative to the existing government program which utilises a free distribution model but which has very limited distribution through a network of government sanctioned health facilities.

Cover photo credit: Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)


The partnership provides better access to quality services and products to support mothers to improve the feeding practices and nutrition of their children, and as an opportunity for women entrepreneurs, namely private midwives, to grow their small businesses and generate further income.


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