Cambodia Nutrition Project

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Addressing Childhood Malnutrition

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Years of civil war and unrest have left Cambodian children with some of the worst health conditions in Southeast Asia. Nearly half of Cambodia’s children under age 5 are underweight.

Addressing Childhood Malnutrition

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The Abbott Fund and Direct Relief International are working to improve pediatric nutrition and overall health care at the Angkor Hospital for Children, a pediatric teaching hospital in Siem Reap.

Addressing Childhood Malnutrition

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Health care professionals in Cambodia often lack specialized training in childhood nutrition issues. With our support, training and education are offered on the importance of a balanced diet and key nutrients so that they can, in turn, counsel families with young children.

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The Abbott Fund supports training, staff and local and regional education workshops. The Abbott Fund has provided more than $700,000 in grants, and Abbott has donated more than $1 million worth of nutritional and pharmaceutical products since 2006.

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In 2013, Angkor Hospital for Children trained more than 500 staff physicians and nurses on nutrition topics. Those health care professionals subsequently treated nearly 125,000 children suffering from severe malnutrition.

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In 2013, more than 2,000 Cambodian families attended the hospital cooking classes during the year, and more than 4,000 attended nutrition information sessions.

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The hospital maintains a vegetable garden where we show families how to grow locally available, nutritious leafy greens.

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The hospital also provides cooking classes so families can learn how to prepare those vegetables.

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One popular dish the families learn to prepare is bobo, a rice porridge fortified with greens from the hospital’s garden plus other ingredients for added nutrition and flavor.

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Since the Abbott Fund first teamed up with Direct Relief in Cambodia seven years ago, we have helped provide comprehensive care for more than 600,000 children while also training government health care workers and nursing students from across the country.

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Angkor Hospital is one of two sites selected by the World Health Organization to host its Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI) training programs. IMCI strategy ensures the combined treatment of the major childhood illnesses, emphasizing prevention of disease through immunization and improved nutrition.

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The program trains local health care workers, as well as families, in preparing nutritionally sound locally grown foods. We’ve contributed more than $700,000 toward staff and educational training; provided food rations and equipment for treating hospitalized children; and donated more than $1 million in nutritional and pharmaceutical products. With the assistance of Cambodia’s Ministry of Health, we’ve also trained more than 1,200 government health care workers and nursing students from across the country, who subsequently treated more than 125,000 children suffering from severe malnutrition.
Results Sources: Direct Relief and Angkor Hospital for Children
Results to Date


12/10/2013

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