Malnutrition in Papua, Home Affairs Ministry Evaluates DAU

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  • A family helps to care for a sick child being treated at the Regional General Hospital (RSUD) in Agats, Asmat District, after the government dispatched military and medical personnel to the remote region of Papua to combat malnutrition and measles, Indonesia January 22, 2018. Meanwhile, a health official in remote Asmat district said the death toll from a measles outbreak and malnutrition since September has risen to 70 people. The latest two victims were children who died Saturday in the state-run hospital in Agats, the main town of Asmat. Antara Foto/M Agung Rajasa/ via REUTERS

    A family helps to care for a sick child being treated at the Regional General Hospital (RSUD) in Agats, Asmat District, after the government dispatched military and medical personnel to the remote region of Papua to combat malnutrition and measles, Indonesia January 22, 2018. Meanwhile, a health official in remote Asmat district said the death toll from a measles outbreak and malnutrition since September has risen to 70 people. The latest two victims were children who died Saturday in the state-run hospital in Agats, the main town of Asmat. Antara Foto/M Agung Rajasa/ via REUTERS

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Director-General Regional Development of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Diah Indrajati, promised to evaluate the special-autonomy implementation in Papua Province because there are hundreds of malnourished patients in Asmat District.

    The general allocation fund (DAU) is allocated annually for the development. Papua Province and West Papua receive two percent of total DAU annually and are valid for 20 years.

    Of the two percent, 70 percent is for Papua Province and 30 percent for West Papua. Both regions receive DAU because they are the regions that fully authorized to govern. Besides Papua Province, Aceh Province and Yogyakarta are also the special-autonomy regions.

    Papua Province and West Papua are also provided with additional infrastructure funding. The fund is provided for all regions so it will accessible by land, air, sea, for the next 25 years.

    DAU is prioritized for education and health. DAU in Papua and West Papua is always increasing year by year from 2002 to 2018. For 2018, Papua Province received DAU Rp22.45 trillion and West Papua Rp8.02 trillion from the total DAU Rp61.67 trillion.

    Diah regretted that there is still malnutrition happened in Papua, especially in Agats District, Asmat. "That means something has not gone right.”

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