Adventist Development and Relief Agency Canada is supporting Adventist Development and Relief Agency Cambodia with a three-year nutrition project in 30 villages in Varay and Santuk District, Kompong Thom Province, totaling $175,000.
The project is a continuation of activities begun in a previous project, which saw major improvement in nutrition outcomes among children and women. However, a recent survey showed that children in nearby villages are malnourished, particularly those under the age of five.
This project looks to improve nutritional outcomes among children by identifying those children with severe malnutrition and referring them to nearby hospitals for treatment. When they are discharged, follow-up visits are being conducted. The project is also partnering with five health centers across the villages to strengthen the ability of these health centers to conduct health assessments and malnutrition rehabilitation for women and children. Community-wide culturally appropriate nutrition training and messaging is also a key activity to prevent malnutrition.
Project activities are benefiting 8,000 households (approximately 37,000 individuals), with a specific focus on including impoverished households with children.