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Promoting Healthy Behaviours

In Cambodia, the rural population constitutes a particularly vulnerable community. Child and maternal health and nutrition, along with safe modern contraceptives, are important topics that need to be adressed, as too many children still suffer from malnutrition and diseases prevail in rural areas where water is not used properly and basic hygiene facilities are not available.

Partnering with Population Services International (PSI), Khemara works to improve health behaviors among Cambodians and ensure that they seek and receive quality healthcare with decreased financial hardship.

Family Planning

Following the two internvention campaigns “Loving Relationship” and “Heart Protector", social and behavior change activities are developed, to dispel persistent myths and misperceptions about modern methods of contraception, to encourage couples to discuss moder methods of contraception and family planning and make decisions together, and, finally, to have men participate eagerly and start talking to their wives about modern methods of contraception and family planning.


Maternal and Child Health & Nutrition

Khemara is actively working to promote practices such as breastfeeding newborns within 1 hour of birth, exclusively for the first 6 months, and then complementary for 2 years, visiting health facilities (public or private) for at least 4 post-natal care check-ups with the baby within 10 weeks of delivery and introducing adequate, and age appropriate feeding to children from 6 to 23 months.

Those actions target mothers from 8 months pregnant to 24 months postpartum, but also grandmothers, husbands, healthcare workers and midwives


Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)

Our WASH actions include education on the appropriate treatment of drinking water, and on proper handwashing with soap at 5 critical times.

To encourage healthier practices, Khemara spreads information using leaflets, loudspeakers, banners, and posters but also organizes community events that are designed to engage with caregivers - led by the local village chiefs and Interpersonal Communication Agents.

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