Priority health concerns

Maternal and child health

Talks to extend maternity leave to six months start tomorrow

On Jan. 31, the government will hold a national discussion in Phnom Penh to discuss the potential extension of maternity leave for pregnant women who have just given birth. ...

Nhoek Samoun
https://cambodianess.com/article/talks-to-extend-maternity-leave-to-six-months-start-tomorrow

Increased breastfeeding could save 2,000 lives per year: health ministry

Cambodia loses an estimated $137.7 million annually due to non-complete breastfeeding. The figure includes additional costs to the health system, increased mortality rates and damage to public health, according to a joint press release from the Ministry of Health, Helen Keller and other relevant organisations. ...

Neang Sokunthea
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/increased-breastfeeding-could-save-2000-lives-year-health-ministry

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. ...

Sem Pisey
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/child-nutrition-project-runs-27-target-trio

NSSF paid out $5M to working mothers

According to a January 25 report by the Department of Social Security under the National Social Security Fund (NSSF), allowances were paid to a total of 55,770 women, who had a total of 56,173 children. Among them, 393 gave birth to twins and five to ...

Neang Sokunthea
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/nssf-paid-out-5m-working-mothers

Malnutrition workshop planned for capital

The Ministry of Health, in collaboration with Helen Keller International, will organize a January 27 workshop to introduce the project “Treatment and care of children with an acute, moderate and severe malnutrition”. ...

Lay Samean
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/malnutrition-workshop-planned-capital

Breastfeeding facilities coming to factories

The Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training, together with Helen Keller International, organised an October 19 meeting to discuss plans to promote nutrition and the breastfeeding of infants and children in the workplace. The meeting was attended by the managers of several large factories and ...

Long Kimmarita
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/breastfeeding-facilities-coming-factories

Official: Mother, child care top priority

A senior Ministry of Health official said the maternal and child health protection programme has the highest priority in the ministry’s national strategy, and is also one angle of the government’s rectangular strategy.   ...

Mom Kunthear
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/official-mother-child-care-top-priority

First Lady applauds midwives’ dedication

Bun Rany Hun Sen, President of the Cambodian Red Cross, has lauded midwives’ contribution to Cambodia’s mother and child health achievements. ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501070399/first-lady-applauds-midwives-dedication/

Japan provides $728,501 for medical care and reducing child mortality

Japan has agreed to provide $728,501 for three recipient organisations under the framework, The Grant Assistance for Japanese NGO Projects, to enhance the medical system to practice pediatric surgery, strengthen community care and support network for children, and improve the learning environment through primary school ...

Yin Soeum
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501010143/japan-provides-728501-for-medical-care-and-reducing-child-mortality/

Cash benefits paid out to over 5,000 women who gave birth in May

In the first five months of this year, the government provided 10 billion riel ($2.46 million) through the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) to 25,867 low-income female workers who gave birth to 26,057 babies. ...

Mom Kunthear
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/cash-benefits-paid-out-over-5000-women-who-gave-birth-may

Cash aid improves maternal and child healthcare in Kingdom

An inter-ministerial statement was issued last week highlighting the achievements and further initiatives of the government’s cash subsidy programme for pregnant women, which seeks to promote maternal and child welfare and improve the wellbeing of children from impoverished families. ...

Srey Kumneth
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50714117/cash-aid-improves-maternal-and-child-healthcare-in-kingdom/

PM warns of decline in breastfeeding

Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday noted a decline in the number of mothers breastfeeding their children and appealed for help reversing the trend. The Planning Ministry previously said the number of breastfeeding mothers dropped from 73.5 percent in 2010 to 65 percent in 2014. ...

Mom Kunthear
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50657718/pm-warns-of-decline-in-breastfeeding/

Government delivers $5 million in childbirth bonuses

The government has spent more than $5 million to support female garment workers who delivered babies during the first nine months of the year. The National Social Security Fund yesterday said that from January to September, 55,180 workers who delivered 55,543 babies received money through the ...

Mom Kunthear
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50647861/government-delivers-5-million-in-childbirth-bonuses/

Midwives celebrated on national day

The contribution of midwives to Cambodia’s maternal and infant health was praised by the government as the Kingdom celebrated the National Day of Midwife on Sunday. Prime Minister Hun Sen issued a sub-decree in 2008, designating May 5 as the National Day of Midwife – ...

Long Kimmarita
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/midwives-celebrated-national-day

Kantha Bopha announces drop in infant mortality rate

The Kantha Bopha Hospitals founded by Swiss paediatrician Dr Beat Richner, who passed away last year aged 71, has reported a drop in the infant mortality rate last year. “The mortality rate among hospitalised children was 0.23 per cent, while in 2017, the mortality rate ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/kantha-bopha-announces-drop-infant-mortality-rate

Child mortality rates drop in the Kingdom

Speaking during an annual workshop in Siem Reap province – Review on Child’s Health and Progress of Early Essential Newborn Care (EENC) Implementation in Cambodia – Kumanan Rasanathan said the mortality rate among children under five declined last year to 29 per 1,000, compared to ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/child-mortality-rates-drop-kingdom

UN fights malnutrition with snack

The production of Nutrix, a new fish-based wafer snack, was launched in Phnom Penh on Monday to assist in the fight against “severe acute child malnutrition” in Cambodia. The Nutrix facility is the first of its kind in the Kingdom and only the second in ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/un-fights-malnutrition-snack

Parents urged to be cautious over dengue

The Health Ministry has urged parents who suspect their children to be suffering from dengue infections, to immediately send them to state-run hospitals for treatment. The call follows the death of 13 children due to dengue fever over the last eight months. ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/parents-urged-be-cautious-over-dengue

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