Development assistance for health sector
Public health assistance NGOs
Child nutrition project runs to ‘27 in target trio
To help address acute malnutrition in Cambodia, Helen Keller International, supported by the Ministry of Health, has launched a project to treat and care for children with moderate to severe malnutrition in three target provinces. ...
What explains Cambodia’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution success?
One of the less heralded recent aspects of the COVID-19 story in Southeast Asia has been Cambodia’s remarkable success in vaccine distribution. As of September 6, just over two-thirds of the country’s population had received at least one dose of vaccine, while 53 percent were ...
Chikungunya outbreak infects over 2,000 across 15 provinces
The Health Ministry yesterday identified a total of 2,047 suspected cases of Chikungunya diseases covering 15 provinces in the Kingdom. ...
WHO, UNICEF laud action on infant formula violations
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) commended the Health Ministry’s crackdown on four companies for violating the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitute. The four companies are Royal Platinum Co Ltd, Nutrilatt, LMM Distribution and VVH Import Export. ...
Preah Sihanouk sees factory suspensions and massive job losses
Preah Sihanouk provincial governor Kuoch Chamroeun yesterday announced there were 20 suspended factories in the province, affecting more than 8,000 workers, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. ...
Surrogacy to be legal
Authorities are preparing a draft law to make surrogacy legal with a range of protections for the women and babies involved. News of the move emerged yesterday after a meeting between Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn and newly appointed United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) representative to Cambodia ...
NGOs may have stymied government health care: report
A new study examining the development of health care in post-conflict societies suggests that the influx of NGOs in Cambodia may have weakened the government health sector. ...
Linking villagers to health services
On the day 55-year-old Leangkim Theng was selected as a village health volunteer, she was not sure she could do it. The work required her to educate women on maternal and newborn health in Serei Sokha village of Kratie province. While she did not feel she ...
Khmer Time Team
Livelihoods ‘key’ in HIV fight
The research branch of the NGO Khana has argued in a new peer-reviewed study that livelihood programs for people living with HIV – which address recipients’ economic rather than medical needs – could be the key to significant improvements in quality of life for the ...
Disease control gets tech injection
An international health NGO has launched a new “crowd-sourcing” surveillance system to be used by the government in monitoring infectious diseases. ...
Mobile HIV testing targets riverside revelers
Following two strenuous days of races at the Water Festival this week, boatman Sgnoun Chai celebrated its conclusion on Wednesday with a night on the town. ...
Buth Kimsay and George Wright
GMOs: cheaper food and higher farm incomes for Cambodia?
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Cambodia’s agriculture industry contributes 37 percent of GDP, and employs 67 percent of the workforce, with 75 percent of cultivated land dedicated to growing rice. ...
Gabrielle Ward and John Humphreys
‘Blue-ear disease’ kills more than 1,000 pigs in Siem Reap
An outbreak of “blue-ear pig disease” has killed more than 1,000 pigs and caused nearly 3,000 to fall ill in two districts in Siem Reap province, officials said Sunday. ...
New law on juvenile justice provides for rehabilitation
The Ministry of Social Affairs has completed drafting a law on juvenile justice that will soon be moved forward for approval and debate at the legislature. The new law, as drafted, aims to provide rehabilitation opportunities for juveniles, rather than simple prison sentences, and meets ...
Mobile voice messages a hit with new moms
Dr. Thearith helps thousands of women in Kampong Chhnang province care for their babies. He provides them with advice about how to breastfeed, how to keep their infants from contracting malaria, and how to avoid infections. ...
Srey Kumneth and Jonathan Cox
Efforts to stop deeply rooted postnatal practices ramp up
“Roasting”—a Cambodian tradition that sees new mothers lie on beds over a fire for several days in the belief it will scare off evil spirits and warm the body after giving birth—is one of many dangerous but deeply rooted practices that midwives and health practitioners ...
Maria Paula Brito and Ouch Sony