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RACHA Begins Implementation of CHOBA in Three Communes

Posted: 5th Aug 2013

RACHA began the first implementation stages of the CHOBA, CHOBA (Community Health Output Based Aid ) project in the Svay Donkeo, Rumlech, and Kampong Kdey communes of Pursat province in June and July. CHOBA's goal is to help mobilize communities to improve their hygiene and sanitation practices.

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Sng Oun, 50, along with her children and grandchildren, make up a family of twelve. They live in a modest ground level dwelling in Thmei village in the Svay Donkeo commune. The government classifies her as ID Poor 1, meaning that she lives at the lowest level of poverty in Cambodia, and spends most of her time looking after her grandchildren as their parents work in Thailand in order to send financial support to the family. Sng Oun attended the first CHOBA village meeting along with her community members. She learned how diseases are transmitted through poor sanitation and how this leads to chronic health problems such as diarrhea and other waterborne illnesses; problems she has seen firsthand among her family members. She knew that better sanitation infrastructure and practices would benefit the health and well-being of her family.

Food Fortification Project Highlighted in Food and Nutrition Bulletin

Posted: 8th Aug 2013

RACHA is proud to announce that its work, in collaboration with the National Sub Committee for Food Fortification (NSCFF), has been highlighted in a special supplement to the Food and Nutrition Bulletin. The supplement is dedicated to nutrition issues within the ASEAN region and was published in June 2013. The Food and Nutrition Bulletin (FNB) is a peer-reviewed, academic journal published quarterly by the Nevin Scrimshaw International Nutrition Foundation in association with the United Nations University (UNU)(link), and "is one of the leading resources used by researchers, academics, nutrition policy makers and planners in over 125 countries to obtain the most current research and policy information related to nutrition in developing countries". A report titled "Fish sauce, soy sauce, and vegetable oil fortification in Cambodia: Where do we stand to date?" appears on page 62 of the supplement and is co-authored by RACHA staff Chan Theary, Pol Sambath, and Sol Sowath, GAIN staff Dora Panagides, Arnaud Laillou, and Regina Moench-Pfanner, and National Institute of Public Health Cambodiastaff Saphoon Vonthanak, Chheng Kanarath, and Chhea Chhorvann.