Cambodia

Photo: Guy Calaf for Action Against Hunger, Cambodia
Population
15.4 million
Human Development Index
143 (out of 188 countries ranked)
Our Team
43 employees

People Helped in 2019: 15,744

7,139
People Reached by Nutrition and Health Programs 
2,327
People Reached by Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Programs 
6,278
People Reached by Food Security and Livelihoods Programs 

Despite economic growth, a significant portion of the Cambodian population lives close to the poverty line. Undernutrition remains a major public health concern; 32% of children under five suffer from stunting, 24% are underweight, 10% are acutely malnourished, and micronutrient deficiencies are widespread.

Cambodia is also highly vulnerable to natural disasters, with regular monsoon flooding and localized droughts. Limited and unequal access to education and health services and low investment in public infrastructure further perpetuate food insecurity and undernutrition.

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Action Against Hunger aims to improve hygiene, nutrition, and health practices at the community, household, and individual level, focusing on pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers, and children under two. By building the capacity of local stakeholders and communities, Action Against Hunger works to reduce undernutrition, and to lessen the impacts of climate change.

In 2019, we created 1,422 local water committees, provided 1,548 people with access to latrines and water filters, fostered 1,747 mother-to-mother care groups, hosted 915 mothers and fathers in Gender and Nutrition sessions, and cultivated 5,310 community groups focused on increasing food security through rice banks, farming, and home gardens. We engaged households in cooking demonstrations, visited homes, and provided support to increase food security.


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