Country Brief: Alive & Thrive in Cambodia

26 Oct 21
Topic(s): Breastfeeding, Maternal nutrition, Newborn health
Location: Southeast Asia
Language(s): English
Audience: Policy makers and legislators, Program designers and implementers
Organization: Alive & Thrive
Programs: Policy advocacy
Category: Policy advocacy
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In Cambodia, A&T works to accelerate progress toward the Ministry of Health’s maternal, infant and young child nutrition (MIYCN) goals through strategic partnerships and the provision of evidence-based guidance and technical assistance. After achieving substantial improvements in exclusive breastfeeding between 2000 and 2010, breastfeeding rates in Cambodia have declined in recent years – with sharp drops among wealthy,urban mothers. Rapid urbanization and high female labor force participation emphasizes the need to expand maternity protection benefits, including support for breastfeeding when mothers return to work. At the same time, rampant promotion of breastmilk substitutes calls for strengthened and renewed efforts to protect children from the harmful effects of unhealthy food marketing. Cambodia has scaled up early essential newborn care (EENC) in hospitals around the country, but gaps remain in the provision and monitoring of quality breastfeeding counseling and support.