Toilets, trucks on agenda

The government announced new plans for developing both transportation and rural sanitation at the annual meeting of the Ministry of Rural Development at the Chaktomuk Conference Hall in Phnom Penh yesterday. According to officials at the event, the ministry will be completing by year’s end a ...

Toilet drive aimed at reducing disease, death

Nearly 10 million Cambodians and 2.6 billion people worldwide do not have access to a toilet on a daily basis, a World Toilet Organisation official said on Saturday. Sum Sokun, program manager for the WTO, gathered to celebrate World Toilet Day with villagers in the Ponhea ...

Rural areas plagued by shortage of toilets

The Ministry of Rural Development yesterday called for increased investment to expand access to sanitation facilities in rural Cambodia as well as more awareness about the link between low rates of access to toilets and high rates of communicable disease. Cambodia ranked at the bottom of ...

Subpar sanitation, high food prices curbing growth, UN says

Economic growth in Cambodia is being hampered by poor sanitation and hygiene, and rising food prices are leaving people struggling to afford basic produce for a balanced diet, according to a report released yesterday by the UN Development Program (UNDP). The UNDP’s 2011 Human Development Report ...

Labour Ministry releases mass fainting figures

Figures released by the Ministry of Labor on Friday showed that 1,578 garment factory workers have fainted in workplace incidents since the beginning of this year. Pok Vanthat, deputy director of the Labor Ministry’s Medical Unit and chief of its research committee, said that his committee ...

Unclean Water Costs $450M A Year, New UN Report Says

Poor sanitation costs Cambodia $450 million a year due to health costs resulting from water-borne diseases such as diarrhea, according to a new report by the UN Environment Program. The report follows data released last week by the World Bank that found that 75 percent ...

Progress Toward Rural Sanitation Goal Slow

Cambodia’s progress has been slow toward achieving the UN Millennium Development Goal of increasing rural access to sanitation to 30 percent by 2015, up from 8.6 percent in 1996, the World Bank said in a report released Wednesday. The World Bank report said that rural ...

Basic Concerns Remain Priority in Rural Areas

Roads, bridges, schools, sanitation and other forms of basic infrastructure are still top priorities for many rural citizens of Cambodia. Comfrel has done a study of issues that voters are concerned with and found that infrastructure is a key area. Traditionally the rural areas have ...

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