Universitas Islam Negeri Alauddin Makassar Proceedings, Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Social and Islamic Studies (ICSIS) 2023

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Strategic religious and cultural approaches to stunting reduction using SWOT analysis
Akmal Akmal, Bakhrani A. Rauf, Andi Asmawati Azis, Rahmawati Azis

Last modified: 2023-07-21


Stunting is a major public health problem affecting millions of children globally. One in three children under five years old is stunted in South Sulawesi. The government has implemented strategies to accelerate the reduction of stunting. Most strategies focus on food security programs, maternal and child health care practices, and improving environmental quality, but have not considered many other approaches such as local religious and cultural approaches.  A religious approach can be one of the strategies that can prevent and deal with stunting in South Sulawesi. Research on the potential of religious values that can be utilized to reduce stunting has not been widely conducted.  This study used a qualitative descriptive approach with 25 informants. In-depth interview data were processed using SWOT Analysis which is useful for assessing the feasibility and effectiveness of various approaches to stunting intervention programs.  The strength of the strategic approach is the existence of religious principles to emphasize the importance of communal support and responsibility and the potential reach and influence of religious leaders on their communities. The weakness of the religious approach strategy is the lack of knowledge about healthy nutrition. As well as the existence of religious practices that are not in accordance with modern health practices. Opportunities for this strategy in the form of religious and cultural education can strengthen awareness of the importance of a healthy lifestyle.  The threat of religious approach strategies is in the form of unhealthy lifestyle changes such as fast food and the widespread use of technology.


Stunting; population; public health

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