Better Nutrition in Cambodia

VarinGirleatsOne of our our current programs in Cambodia that we are implementing in Partnership with the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, is improving nutrition for 4800 households. That’s approximately 21,600 household members, of which 10,800 are females. We’re particularly focusing on women of reproductive age, and children under 5 years old, as these are often at greatest risk in the Varin District of Siem Reap Province. We’re tackling the problem of stunted growth caused by malnutrition, and giving ‘voice’ to females in household decisions regarding nutrition. Here’s how … We’re training women and men on nutritional food access, providing nutrition rehabilitation for girls and boys under the age of 5, training men and women in disease prevention and management factors that affect nutrition, constructing new appropriate water and sanitation facilities, training Ministry of Health Volunteers, and sensitizing and engaging women and men in supporting good child and family nutrition, including placing equal value on girls’ and boys’ nutrition. Here’s what we’re doing:

  • Reducing stunted growth in girls & boys under age 5
  • Decreasing the prevalence of malnutrition-related diseases among women, men, girls and boys.
  • Increasing the ‘voice’ of women in household decisions regarding family nutrition

Here’s what we’ve done so far:

  • Set up a field office
  • Recruited and trained staff
  • Conducted a baseline survey to assess the conditions at the outset of the project
  • Identified water, sanitation, and hygiene suppliers we will need for this project
  • Selected and trained community volunteers