Cambodia

Investigating unhealthy snack foods and beverage consumption and their association with dietary adequacy

Activities

  • Develop and test monitoring mechanisms to assist the Cambodian government in enforcing national policies which regulate the marketing of breastmilk substitutes
  • Provide technical support for the development of tools and communications materials for government stakeholders to support optimal breastfeeding practices
  • Conduct a study to assess the associations of consumption of unhealthy snack food and beverage consumption with nutrient intakes, dietary adequacy, iron status and growth

Key Indicators

32%

stunting among children under 5

10%

wasting among children under 5

35

under 5 mortality (per 1,000 live births)

63%

early initiation of breastfeeding

65%

exclusive breastfeeding under 6 months

80%

continued breastfeeding at age one

37%

continued breastfeeding at age 2

30%

minimum acceptable diet age 6-23 months

Legal Status of the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes:
Many provisions in law

Sources: National Institute of Statistics (NIS) [Cambodia], Directorate General for Health and ICF International. (2015). Cambodia Demographic and Health Survey 2014: Key Indicators Report. Phnom Penh, Cambodia and Rockville, Maryland, USA: National Institute of Statistics, Directorate General for Health, and ICF International; Marketing of breast-milk substitutes: national implementation of the international code, status report 2018. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2018.

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