Category: News

Cambodia SUN Network Joint Statement on the Extension of Maternity Leave in Cambodia

April 7, 2023

Helen Keller Cambodia, along with the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Donor Network, the SUN Civil Society Alliance, and the SUN United Nations Network released a joint statement on March 31, 2023 encouraging the Royal Government of Cambodia to extend paid maternity leave in the country from the current 13 weeks to 26 weeks (180 days)…


Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses (CCNFSDU) 2021: Pushing for Public Health Before Corporate Profit

February 2, 2022

The work on the revision of the Codex Standard for Follow-up Formula (CXS 156-1987) has been underway since 2012. It is a long, slow process with many working group discussions, circular letter submissions, conference room documents and differences of opinion and conflicts of interest (the breast-milk substitutes industry attends as part of many observer organisations…


World Breastfeeding Week 2021: Protecting Breastfeeding in Cambodia

September 3, 2021

As part of the Scaling Up Nutrition Civil Society Alliance (SUN CSA) Cambodia, Helen Keller International/ARCH, along with Alive & Thrive and World Vision International Cambodia, was pleased to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week under the theme ‘Protecting breastfeeding: A shared responsibility’ during the month of August. The COVID-19 pandemic has further emphasized the need to…


Health workers in Cambodia enforce Sub-Decree 133

May 20, 2021

Aggressive marketing of infant formula in health facilities discourages breastfeeding. The International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes (the Code) prohibits any type of promotion of breast-milk substitutes (BMS) in health facilities. The Code calls on health workers to protect parents from predatory BMS industry marketing practices and has specific provisions for health workers on…


WHO, UNICEF & Helen Keller Intl release joint statement on enforcement of Sub-Decree 133 in Cambodia

July 1, 2020

Cambodia has been taking strong steps to monitor and enforce Sub-Decree 133, the national regulation which implements provisions of the International Code of Marketing of Breast-Milk Substitutes. Most recently, The Royal Government of Cambodia and Ministry of Health recently levied fines against four companies who illegally promoted breast-milk substitutes to the public. Helen Keller International…


Monitoring Promotion of Breast-milk Substitutes in Cambodia: Roll-out of Training for Sub-Decree 133

January 8, 2020

Background In 2005, the Cambodian government adopted many provisions of the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes as national policy. This Sub-Decree on Marketing of Products for Infant and Young Child Feeding (Sub-Decree 133) supports breastfeeding by restricting the promotion of breast-milk substitutes marketed for children less than 2 years of age, unless approved…


Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses 2019: Important progress made

January 2, 2020

Since 2013, ARCH has been active in the process of revising the Codex Alimentarius Standard for Follow-Up Formula. Each year, the Helen Keller International delegation has attended the Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses (CCNFSDU) meeting, advocating with country representatives to make sure that this food standard clearly defines and regulates…


Success Stories from Senegal: Nutrition Data in Policy and Practice

November 7, 2019

A MILESTONE IN THE POLICY-MAKING PROCESS  In 2016, World Health Assembly Resolution 69.9 urged countries to implement the Guidance on Ending the Inappropriate Promotion of Foods for Infants and Young Children in their national legal frameworks. Recently, Senegal made major progress towards this policy change. On September 20-21st, Senegal’s draft decree on the marketing of…


New Resources for CCNFSDU 2019

October 22, 2019

This November, the Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses (CCNFSDU) will continue its review of the Follow-Up Formula Standard. The key consideration at this year’s meeting is whether to define both categories of follow-up formula as breast-milk substitutes. In doing so, follow-up formula would fall under the same marketing guidelines as…


New peer-reviewed articles on consumption and promotion of commercial foods

June 21, 2019

New research published by Helen Keller International’s Assessment and Research on Child Feeding (ARCH) Project in the scientific journal Maternal & Child Nutrition builds on previous findings on promotion and consumption of commercial foods and beverages among infants and young children. These papers illustrate the widespread promotion and high rates of consumption in Nepal, Cambodia,…