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RACHA at the IUNS International Congress of Nutrition

Posted: 16th Oct 2013

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Chan Theary addresses the International Congress of Nutrition

IUNS hosted the 20th annual International Congress of Nutrition in Granada Spain, from 15-20 September, 2013. The congress brought together representatives from countries across the globe, and aimed to “join different cultures, traditions, and knowledge through…nutritional development”. The Congress was organized by the Spanish Nutrition Society, and representatives from Vietnam, China, the Philippines, and Cambodia were asked to share their experience from scientific research and implementation in their home countries before an international audience and thousands of nutrition experts.

Microcredit Recipient Om Nang Finds Financial Success and Stable Health

Posted: 25th Sep 2013

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Om Nang has been living with HIV for at least eight years. Nonetheless, she is a successful, well-respected member of her community, a village called Thmor Sor in Koh Kong Province, Cambodia. Thmor Sor can be difficult to access, and many of the homes are built on stilts above muddy waters. However, its seaside location allows for a plethora of business opportunities; and with assistance from RACHA, Om Nang has succeeded in becoming a successful dried shrimp seller, despite the fact that she is living with HIV.

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.

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.

RACHA Launches CHOBA Project in Pursat

Posted: 23rd Jun 2013

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On June 5, 6, and 7th, RACHA launched the initial implementation phase of CHOBA in three communes, Svay Doun Kaev, Rumlech, and Khnar Totueng in Bakan, Pursat Province. CHOBA, (Community Health Output-Based Aid), is a community-based project aimed to increase the sanitation coverage in communities by specifically mobilizing the most poor and vulnerable. In partnership with East Meets West, RACHA is working to address a fundamental health disparity in Cambodia.

RACHA's Community Score Card featured in the Demand for Good Governance Project's Newsletter

Posted: 3rd Apr 2013

RACHA is excited to share the March 2013 newsletter from the Non State Actors Component (NSAC) of the Demand for Good Governance Project (DFGG), in which our project, Community Score Card, is featured.

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Government of Japan to Fund Water Filtration Station in Banteay Mean Chey

Posted: 27th Mar 2013

On March 21, 2013, RACHA's Executive Director, Chan Theary, and the Japanese Ambassador to Cambodia, His Excellency Kumamaru Yuji, approved a grant contract for 100,745 USD. The grant, part of the Japanese Embassy's KUSANONE (Japan's Grant Assistance for Grass-Roots and Human Security Projects) Project, is funding RACHA in the installation of a Water Filtration System in Thmor Pouk District, Banteay Mean Chey Province to provide access to safe drinking water. Through KUSANONE, the Japanese people are able to provide support for the improvement of health in Cambodia.

RACHA Staff Wins Grand Challenge Award at U.S. Embassy's TechCamp

Posted: 22nd Mar 2013

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RACHA is proud to announce that two of it's staff members, Anna Spelman (second from right) and Sam Sokharun (last on right), both from RACHA's Health Communications Unit, were part of the Grand Challenge Award winning team at this year's Tech Camp Phnom Penh.

RACHA's Executive Director, Chan Theary, Recieves "Woman of Courage" Award

Posted: 21st Mar 2013

In honor of International Women's Day (March 8), the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh has awarded Chan Theary, RACHA's Executive Director, with their annual "Woman of Courage" award.

RACHA's Executive Director, Chan Theary, profiled in USAID's Frontlines

Posted: 19th Mar 2013

RACHA is proud to share an article from FrontLines, USAID's news publication, profiling our Executive Director Chan Theary's experiences and accomplishments. chan-theary-racha-usaid-frontlines

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