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Priority health concerns

Maternal and child health

More than 60 children poisoned

Health officials have urged people to take care when buying food beyond its use-by date or suspected to be chemically contaminated after more than 60 students in Takeo province became ill from eating noodles. ...

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Pech Sotheary
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/35872/more-than-60-children-poisoned/

Kids’ supplement results mixed

The Cambodian government and UNICEF yesterday released results of a clinical trial on new locally produced food supplements to tackle the country’s persistently dismal malnutrition figures, with at least one of the two products proving effective. ...

 

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Yesenia Amaro
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/kids-supplement-results-mixed

First lady: improve child healthcare

Cambodia’s first lady appealed to civil servants and health workers to improve efforts to reduce maternal and child deaths in conjunction with the National Day on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health today. ...

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Mom Kunthear
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/35662/first-lady--improve-child-healthcare/

Newborn care still a concern

Although infant mortality rates have dropped dramatically over the past 15 years, a new report in the journal Healthcare has identified significant shortcomings in newborn care in Cambodia. ...

 

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Cristina Maza
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/newborn-care-still-concern

NGO forgoes US funding to continue contraceptive services

Marie Stopes International Cambodia said yesterday it will look to strengthening partnerships instead of accepting US federal funds after it forfeited its rights to USAID funding in order to continue providing legal abortion services.

This was in response to US President Donald Trump’s executive order issued on Monday which bars federal funding for overseas groups that provide access to or counseling about abortions. ...

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Mayuri Mei Lin
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/34754/ngo-forgoes-us-funding-to-continue-contraceptive-services/

Minister puts neo-natal intensive care on agenda

Health Minister Mam Bun Heng has issued a directive for all private maternity clinics and hospitals to establish neo-natal intensive care units – which treat seriously ill newborns and premature infants – in order to further reduce maternal and child deaths in the Kingdom.​ ...

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Kong Meta
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/minister-puts-neo-natal-intensive-care-agenda

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 had enough knowledge, she accepted the role and now, 20 years later, she is still in the job. “What keeps me going is to help mothers to give birth safely with healthy children,” she said. Mrs. Theng receives training from health officers at the Kantuot health center and Kratie provincial health department. She is part of a Unicef-supported initiative to encourage safe practices and prevention of maternal and neonatal tetanus. ...

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Khmer Time Team
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/29910/linking-villagers-to-health-services/

Japan boosts primary healthcare

The government of Japan has agreed to provide a $134,526 grant to PH-Japan (PHJ) – a Japanese NGO working to improve Cambodia’s healthcare system – the embassy announced yesterday. According to an embassy press release, PHJ will use the money in Kampong Cham province, focusing on improving the human resources and management of the Steung Trang district health center. ...

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Tin Sokhavuth
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/29496/japan-boosts-primary-healthcare/

Kantha Bopha to get Angkor donations in February

Two dollars from the sale of every ticket to the Angkor temple complex will go to the Kantha Bopha hospitals in February 2017, according to the Ministry of Economy and Finance yesterday. A letter sent to Dr. Beat Richner, the founder for the Kantha Bopha Children’s Hospitals, detailed the government’s decision to fund the hospitals. ...

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San Bunsim and Chea Vannak
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/28217/kantha-bopha-to-get-angkor-donations-in-february/

Cambodia's garment workers vulnerable to unsafe abortions

The garment industry is the linchpin of Cambodia’s economy, and the single biggest employer of women. Some 500 factories hire almost 500,000 female workers, many of whom are young and have migrated to the city from the countryside. ...

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Marta Kasztelan
https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2016/jul/13/cambodias-garment-workers-vulnerable-to-unsafe-abortions

Health department to probe newborn’s death

The Phnom Penh health department has announced an investigation into the death of a newborn who allegedly choked while being fed by staff at the privately owned VIP Sorphea Maternity Hospital. ...

 

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Kong Meta
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/health-department-probe-newborns-death

Nutrition shortfalls harming Kingdom's economy, report finds

Malnutrition costs the Cambodian economy an estimated $266 million each year, according to a new report, which urged the government to invest more in tackling the problem. ...

 

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Erin Handley
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/nutrition-shortfalls-harming-kingdoms-economy-report-finds

Maternal, child health outpacing neighbours

Cambodia is among 10 countries that achieved accelerated progress in maternal and child health – ahead of comparable countries – by meeting goals to reduce mortality among those population groups, according to a recent cross-country analysis by the WHO. ...

 

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Yesenia Amaro
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/maternal-child-health-outpacing-neighbours

New baby makes waves on way to hospital

A baby was born at sea on Monday afternoon in Koh Kong province after a mother went in labor on a boat on her way to hospital. ...

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Srey Kumneth
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/24536/new-baby-makes-waves-on-way-to-hospital/

Factories failing women: study

Despite their overwhelmingly female workforce, garment factories in Kompong Speu province fail to adequately address the maternal health and child-care needs of their staff, according to new study set to be released by the French NGO Enfants and Developpment. ...

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Taylor O'Connell
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/factories-failing-women-study-108780/

Gov’t to crack down on surrogacy clinics

Fleeing strict new laws at home, surrogacy companies are moving their “wombs for rent” services from Thailand to Cambodia, causing some analysts to raise concerns that would-be parents could be swindled by the little-regulated industry. ... ...

Chea Takihiro and Jonathan Cox
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/17745/gov---t-to-crack-down-on-surrogacy-clinics/

Health minister says time needed on Formula

The health minister on Friday defended the government’s failure to fine or shut down any of the private clinics that are currently illegally promoting baby formula to new mothers, saying that more time was needed for committees to “investigate” the breaches. ...

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Khy Sovuthy and Matt Blomberg
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/health-minister-says-time-needed-on-formula-99679/

PM calls for enforcement of baby formula ban

Prime Minister Hun Sen has called for stronger enforcement of regulations on the promotion and sale of baby formula, linking a decrease in the number of women who breast-feed to an increase in un­lawful and misleading advertising that misrepresents milk substitutes and deceives new mothers. ... ...

Matt Blomberg and Khuon Narim
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/pm-calls-for-enforcement-of-baby-formula-ban-99239/

Baby formula promotions continue despite ban

Baby formula companies are pushing their products in clinics and on health care professionals—some with great effect—despite a government ban on such acts and extensive research showing that formula is an inferior alternative to mother’s milk. ... ...

Matt Blomberg and Khuon Narim
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/baby-formula-promotions-continue-despite-ban-98791/

No more sleeping on the floor for new mums

Kantha Bopha Jayavarman VII hospital here sees about 75 new babies born every night – not quite the falling birth rate it had been expecting just two years ago. ... ...

Naomi Collett Ritz
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/17025/no-more-sleeping-on-the-floor-for-new-mums/

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