Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Cash help for kids under two, pregnant women continues

Cash help for kids under two, pregnant women continues

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
A pregnant factory worker leaves her workplace in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district last year. Heng Chivoan

Cash help for kids under two, pregnant women continues

The government has provided a total of $14.36 million in cash assistance to nearly 240,000 pregnant women and children under the age of two from June of 2019 to December 28 last year. The programme will continue into 2022.

Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation spokesman Touch Channy said on January 2 that it is now a permanent social assistance programme provided to the target group through the ministry.

“We will summarise the results of the annual implementation of the cash support programme for pregnant women and children under the age of two on January 24,” he said.

Social affairs minister Vong Soth spoke about the programme at the opening ceremony of the Youth Rehabilitation Education Centre on December 28.

“So far, since 2019, we have provided services to nearly 240,000 pregnant women and children, with a total state budget of $14.36 million, and this is now a permanent social assistance programme,” he said.

The minister confirmed that it is different from the other cash assistance programmes for poor and vulnerable families during the fight against Covid-19 that were announced on June 24, 2020, and ran until December 28 last year. During that 17 month period, about 700,000 beneficiary families were given assistance paid for out of a state budget of around $502 million.

According to the ministry, the cash support programme for pregnant women and children under two aims to address the malnutrition of infants and children in poor families starting from birth to promote physical and mental growth and participate in promoting maternal and infant welfare.

To receive cash from the programme, pregnant women and children in this age group must have an equity or health priority card and get pregnancy check-ups and immunisation services at a public health facility.

This programme consists of three stages, the first of which is to provide 40,000 riel ($10) to the pregnant women who receive four prenatal check-ups.

The second stage provides 200,000 riel for the women when they give birth. The third provides 40,000 riel each time the women comes in for a post-partum health check-up or vaccination prior to their children reaching the age of two, with a 10 visit maximum.


  • Bareknuckle champion wants Kun Khmer fighter

    Dave Leduc, who is the current openweight Lethwei boxing champion in Myanmar, has announced that he will travel to Cambodia this year to challenge SEA Games gold medallist Prum Samnang any time that is convenient, after their planned match later this month in Slovakia was

  • Five-year-old Hanuman dances his way into hearts of Cambodia

    A young talent from a new-established settlement has emerged, captivating the online world with his mesmerising performances of the traditional Cambodian monkey dance. Roeun Kakada is a five-year-old prodigy who has taken the social media sphere by storm with his exceptional dance skills and dedication

  • Fresh Covid warnings as Thai hospital fills

    A senior health official reminds the public to remain vigilant, as neighbouring countries experience an increase in Covid-19 cases, with the latest surge appearing to be a result of the Omicron XBB.1.5 sub-variant. Or Vandine, secretary of state and spokeswoman for the Ministry of Health,

  • Honda shutters Siem Reap football club

    Japanese football legend Keisuke Honda, the owner of Siem Reap football club Soltilo Angkor FC, has been forced to shut the club down, after it failed to attract sponsorship for the upcoming season. Honda, the former manager of the Cambodia men's national football team, said

  • Hun Sen warns of regional tensions

    ASIA is becoming a dangerous geopolitical hotspot, with several countries announcing that they intend to send naval vessels towards Southeast Asia and on to the South China Sea, warned Prime Minister Hun Sen. “Heated geopolitical issues can easily escalate, namely to war. I am not

  • PM declares ASEAN Para Games open

    The 12th ASEAN Para Games officially kicked off on the evening of June 3 at Morodok Techo National Stadium in Phnom Penh, with a spectacular opening ceremony featuring fireworks and performances by some of the Kingdom’s most accomplished talents. Tens of thousands of sports fans