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Articles by Merita
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  Ali Khomsan , Merita , Faisal Anwar , Dadang Sukandar , Hadi Riyadi , Tin Herawati , Anna Fatchiya , Mira Dewi , Siti Madanijah and Hidayat Syarief
  The success of an Integrated Service Post (Posyandu) program can be seen by its service quality. However, there are not many studies that analyze the impacts of nutritional education on the service quality of posyandus and the sustainability of the nutritional education program at posyandus. Thus, the objectives of this study were to analyze the posyandu cadre’s perception and to see the impact of nutritional education on the service quality at the posyandus. The design of this study was a quasi-experimental one. It was conducted from January 2012 to September 2013. Four villages in Bogor, West Java were selected as the research locations. The subjects were the posyandu cadres and the toddlers’ mothers in the posyandus. The results showed that counseling and supplemental feeding needed to be improved at the posyandus. The nutritional education had a significant effect to the service quality of the posyandus (p<0.05). After the follow-up, there was a decline in the satisfaction level of the toddlers’ mothers but that was still better than at the baseline. This means that, the nutritional education and provision of the facilities are sustainable and able to improve the service quality of the posyandus when continuously given by the cadres.

  Merita , Arnati Wulansari , Mila Triana Sari , Kasyani and Salvita Fitrianti
  Background and Objectives: Anemia is a global health problem and 23.9% of women in Indonesia suffer from this condition. Indonesian diets are lacking in iron; thus, iron deficiency anemia is a nutritional problem. Therefore, this study aimed to assess diet quality as an indicator of iron deficiency anemia among adolescent girls. Materials and Methods: The study was conducted using a cross-sectional design and was carried out in Senior High School in Jambi City (State High School Number Five) in 2017. The subjects were 85 adolescent girls. The diet quality data comprised three indexes: dietary diversity, micronutrient requirements (75%) based on the Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs) of 11 vitamins and minerals and the WHO recommendation for the prevention of non-communicable diseases. Data were analyzed using univariate, bivariate (correlation test) and multivariate (logistic regression) analyses. Results: More than half of the subjects were non-anemic (56.5%) but 37 (43.5%) of the subjects were anemic. Most subjects (68.2%) had low diet quality. The Spearman correlation analysis showed a correlation between diet quality and hemoglobin levels in subjects (p = 0.003). The linear regression test showed that diet diversity had a major influence on hemoglobin levels in subjects (p = 0.013; CI = 0.714). Conclusion: The analysis showed a correlation between diet quality and hemoglobin levels in adolescent girls. Thus, diet quality can be an indicator of iron deficiency anemia among adolescent girls.
 
 
 
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