On February 23, His Excellency Deputy Prime Minister Yim Chhay Ly visited the “First 1,000 days” Village Fair for Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) beneficiaries in Steung Preah Srok village, Siem Reap province. He was accompanied by representatives from key line ministries, the Council for Agricultural and Rural Development, local government, USAID and NOURISH staff.
NOURISH’s CCT initiative offers conditional cash payments to poor rural households with pregnant women and small children. The Deputy Prime Minister and other members of the government delegation visited Commune Council offices and the Health Center and observed community activity for 52 CCT beneficiciaries who came to receive payment for the CCT conditions they met: be it antenatal care, institutional delivery, postnatal care or growth monitoring and promotion for children under 2. During the fair with guidance from NOURISH, CCT beneficiaries also learned about stunting prevention in a practical way with help from village health support group, agriculture extension workers, local government representatives, and health center staff. This was done through games, practical demonstrations of the making of hand-washing devices and micro home gardens, cooking nutritious meals and learning how to make fish powder; while a local supplier also promoted his services for building latrines.
With funding from USAID and Feed the Future, NOURISH works in rural communities in Pursat, Battambang and Siem Reap provinces to assist the Royal Government of Cambodia in accelerating stunting reduction by focusing on key determinants of chronic malnutrition in Cambodia across sectors: health, rural development and agriculture.