Cambodia: Joint Programme for Children, Food Security and Nutrition in Cambodia
44 % of Cambodian children under 5 are stunted, 29 % are moderately to severely underweight, and a third of the population lives below the poverty line. Nearly 60% of pregnant women are anemic. The Joint UN Programme on Children, Food Security and Nutrition is aimed at improving the nutritional status of women and children, targetting in particular children aged 0-24 months and pregnant and lactating women.
The programme has produced a comprehensive integrated package of nutrition and food security interventions to reduce under nutrition and improve food security among a high risk population. It is working to strengthen existing nutrition, food security and agriculture policies and developing innovative strategies for improving nutrition at population level. It is strengthening nutrition monitoring systems, assessing the impact of its interventions and providing guidance for scaling up the comprehensive package.
JOINT PROGRAMME QUICK FACTS
- Finalization of policies, guidelines, and training modules including National Policy and Guidelines for Micronutrient Supplementation to Prevent and Control Deficiencies in Cambodia, National Guidelines for the Management of Acute Malnutrition, Communication for Behavioural Impact (COMBI) Campaign to Promote Complementary Feeding in Cambodia, National Communication Strategy to Promote the Use of Iron/Folic Acid (IFA) Supplementation for Pregnant and Postpartum Women 2010-2013, Curriculum for Master of Science in Nutrition, FSN Media Hand Book for Journalists, Nutrition Handbook for Family focused on farmer field school team, Food Security and Nutrition Quarterly Bulletin and Maternity Leave and Workplace Policy.
- The National Institute of Public Health launched the first Master of Science course in October 2012. Organization of the 4th National Seminar on Food Security and Nutrition under the theme Child and Maternal Nutrition in May 2012. The meeting, opened by the Prime Minister, was the first national seminar focusing on nutrition and had over 500 participants.
- Lessons learnt from the MDG-F Joint Programme will be used for future development of an integrated community-based nutrition programme.
*as of June 2012 programme reporting period