Jakarta, 13 September 2022 - The Ministry of Health; Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology; Ministry of Religious Affairs; and Ministry of Home Affairs together with Yayasan Plan International Indonesia (Plan Indonesia) launched the Guidebook for Community-Based Total Sanitation (STBM) in Schools/Madrasahs on Tuesday (13/09/2022). This guidebook integrates STBM with Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) and emphasises issues of gender equality and social inclusion as well as issues regarding children's rights, including the right to participation, the right to health and the right to education

Director General of Disease Prevention and Control Dr. Maxi Rein Rondonuwu, DHSM (Doctor of Health Services Management), MARS (Master of Hospital Administration), stated in his remarks that the STBM approach through triggering and participatory methods is an effective and efficient approach, especially in changing the behaviour of school/madrasa residents, especially in aspects of correct practice in the school/madrasa environment.

"This is in line with the trihealth programme for schools (Trias UKS/M), namely health education, health services and fostering a healthy school environment," Maxi added.

In Indonesia, data on the school sanitation profile in 2022 shows that there are 293,086 schools that do not have access to basic drinking water, sanitation and hygiene services. Not only that, but there are still many unsegregated male and female toilets in schools. According to a 2018 study by Plan Indonesia and SMERU Research Institute, 79% of female students never change their sanitary pads at school because it is inconvenient. This causes them to lose learning time compared to others.

Director of Environmental Health Dr. Anas Ma'ruf, MKM, stated the importance of the STBM Guidebook in Schools/Madrasas to apply changes in clean and healthy living behaviour starting from the school level.

"Integrating STBM (Community-Based Total Sanitation) with the MHM (Menstrual Health Management) programme will ensure access to sanitation and hygiene for all, by paying special attention to the needs of women and girls, as mandated by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs 6.2 and 4)," Anas said.

Also attending the event was Plan Indonesia Executive Director Dini Widiastuti. She said that access to proper sanitation in schools/madrasas can contribute to reducing the rate of stunting.

"This is also in accordance with the mandate of the 3rd SDGs, which is to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all people at all ages including children and young people," Dini added.

Starting in 2018, Plan Indonesia through its Women and Disability Inclusive WASH and Nutrition (WINNER) Programme and Water for Women (WfW) Programme in West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) and East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) Provinces worked in partnership with local governments and local community institutions to accelerate change towards gender equality and social inclusion (GESI) in the implementation of STBM programmes including in schools/madrasas. Plan Indonesia has supported more than 200 schools and madrasas from primary to high school levels and special schools for disabled children in DKI Jakarta, Central Sulawesi, West Java, NTT and NTB Provinces.

"Through this book, Plan Indonesia hopes to integrate STBM with MHM by highlighting the issues of gender equality, social inclusion, and the fulfilment of children's rights, including the right to participation, the right to health and the right to education," said Dini.

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About Women and Disability Inclusive and Nutrition-Sensitive Project (WINNER)

Women & Disability Inclusive And Nutrition Sensitive WASH Project (WINNER) is a project funded by the Dutch Government that aims to improve the quality of community access and participation to hygiene and sanitation and promote active participation of women and people with disabilities from September 2017 to December 2022. The WINNER project covers four implementation areas. They are in Mataram City and Central Lombok District in West Nusa Tenggara, as well as Belu District and Malaka District in East Nusa Tenggara.

About the Water for Women (WfW) Programme

In line of SDGs goal 6 on sanitation for all, and the Indonesian government's target for universal access to water and sanitation, through the support of the Australian government, Plan Indonesia endeavours to ensure equal and sustainable access to sanitation for all through the WfW project. Supporting all marginalised groups is a key message in SDGs goal 6. We can learn from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which also focus on increasing access but place less attention on access for marginalised groups which resulted in inequalities in access to sanitation. In addition, efforts to improve access to sanitation will also support the government's efforts to reduce stunting. This is also in line with the mandate of SDGs goal 3, which is to ensure healthy lives and support the well-being of all.

About Yayasan Plan International Indonesia (Plan Indonesia)

Plan International has been working in Indonesia since 1969 and officially became Yayasan Plan International Indonesia (Plan Indonesia) in 2017. We work to fight for the fulfilment of children's rights and equality for girls. Together with youth groups and networks, we work to ensure meaningful participation of young people in decision-making that impacts the fulfilment of children's rights and equality for girls. We also mobilise resources with partners, such as the private sector, donor agencies, philanthropic foundations and individual donors, to have a broader impact on Indonesia's children.

Plan Indonesia implements its activities through four programmes: Child Protection and Growth and Development, Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health, Skills and Opportunities for Young People's Economic Empowerment, and Resilience and Humanity. We work in 7 provinces, including East Nusa Tenggara, West Nusa Tenggara, Central Sulawesi, North Sulawesi, DKI Jakarta, Central Java, and West Java, with a target to empower 1 million girls. Plan Indonesia also mentors 36 thousand children in East Nusa Tenggara. For more information visit:

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