Savica and its partner, Modern Scientist Global (MSG) – a statistical and research consulting firm specializing in public health research, was appointed by UNICEF to conduct mixed-method baseline survey to assess nutritional status and its determinants among school-aged children in elementary schools in Tegal district, Central Java.

For this study, Savica collected several anthropometric and hemoglobin measurements to determine the child’s nutritional status. Sociodemographic characteristics, food intake, physical activity during the COVID-19 pandemic, and nutritional knowledge, attitude, and practice (KAP) of both children and their caretakers were further assessed to identify determinants of child’s nutritional status. Moreover, qualitative interviews with stakeholders related to health and nutrition programs in primary schools were taken in addition to quantitative data to supplement the findings. Results from this study will be used as the basis to implement UNICEF’s Sekolah/Madrasah Sehat program.