Search

Search form

Malnutrition comes at steep price

Malnutrition comes at steep price

Malnutrition remains a challenge that threatens the lives of thousands of children and leads to annual economic losses in the hundreds of millions of dollars, senior government officials and experts said yesterday.

Speaking at the National Conference on Nutrition in Phnom Penh, Council for Agricultural and Rural Development Secretary-General Lao Sokha said that while the Kingdom has made major strides to overcome malnutrition, about 6,000 children still die every year from the condition.

“A lot of progress has been made, but if we examine the state of nutrition in the country . . . we need to further intensify efforts,” said the council’s chairman, Yim Chhay Ly.

According to an Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition report presented, malnutrition has cost Cambodia in excess of $400 million annually and could prevent it from reaching its goal of 7 per cent annual economic growth.

To improve the current situation, USAID deputy chief Julie Chung said the government, private sector and other stakeholders should work together to ensure that nutritional and food security needs are met.

RECOMMENDED STORIES

  • Breaking: PM says prominent human rights NGO ‘must close’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has instructed the Interior Ministry to investigate the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) and potentially close it “because they follow foreigners”, appearing to link the rights group to the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party's purported “revolution”. The CNRP - the

  • PM warns party of complacency in leaked audio

    Two leaked audio tapes, purportedly of Prime Minister Hun Sen speaking candidly to senior officials, appear to hint at insecurities within the ruling party over the controversial dissolution of the country’s main opposition, with the premier warning that the party’s “struggle” didn’t

  • Government approves plan to relocate Phnom Penh’s airport

    The government has signed off on a proposal to build a new airport to serve Phnom Penh and has earmarked land in Kandal province for the $1.5 billion project. A new international airport to replace the existing Phnom Penh International Airport will be constructed on partially

  • Music festival promises big stage, has even bigger hopes

    With a line-up of local and international artists, and a massive outdoor venue booked on Koh Pich, or Diamond Island, Saturday’s Diamond Moon Festival is aiming to showcase contemporary musical and artistic talents at a scale rarely seen in the Kingdom. [img] But the