Narration in Health Communication for Stunting

Scwarskof Turnip


Background: Globally, about 1 of 4 children under 5 years old was stunted. An estimated 80% of 165 million stunted children live in 14 countries. Stunting and other forms of under nu­trition reduce a child chance of survival, while also hindering optimal health and growth. Health communication is a key task in the worldwide to prevent the risk of stunting.This study aimed to describe the health communication for stunting prevention.

Subjects and Method: This was a qualitative case study. The theme of this study was health communication for stunting prevention. The data were collected by in-depth inter­view, obser­vation, and document review. The data were analyzed using the notion of Narra­tive Theory and Health about theoretical thinking which explained the function of health na­­­rra­tive.

Results: A number of informative and persuasive efforts through the communication app­ro­ach had been carried out by the Ministry of Health to reduce the number of people suf­fe­ring from stunting. A number of communication and information media were used to convey in­­for­mation or persuasive messages related to stunting. Those media could help the public to understanding stunting and how to prevent or overcome it.

Conclusion: Health communication is important to help the public understand on how to prevent and overcome stunting.

Keywords: stunting, narrative theory and health, health communication

Correspondence: Scwarskof Turnip. Masters Program in Communication Sciences, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Universitas Diponegoro. Email:

Journal of Health Promotion and Behavior (2018), 3(4): 248-256

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