Save the Children’s three target villages recognized as open defecation free communities

Friday 28 October 2016

On 27th October, 2016, three NOURISH target villages, Toeuk Sab, Svay Chuor and Andeuk Heb in Rattanak Mondul district of Battambang province celebrated their achievement of open defecation free (ODF) communities, certified by the Provincial Department of Rural Development. To be recognized as ODF a village needs to have full sanitation coverage, meaning that at least 85% of the households have access to its own improved latrine and 15% have access to shared latrines.

According to the Cambodia Demographic and Health Survey 2014, 60% of rural households still lack improved and not shared latrines. Led by Save the Children with financial support from USAID and Feed the Future, NOURISH aims to improve nutritional status of women and children, focusing on 1,000 days families (pregnant women and children under two) to prevent stunting among children in Cambodia.