Neath reads a leaflet on the prevention of intestinal worms in class. Photo: ©HKI-Cambodia
We often take washing our hands and access to safe drinking water for granted, without realizing how critical these simple resources can be in saving the lives of others. Children in Cambodia rely on clean drinking water and hand washing to protect themselves from intestinal worms, which infect more than 70% of the country’s primary school children.
This blog was written by HKI-Cambodia field intern Caitlin Gruer.
Photo c. HKI
A few weeks ago I blogged about my experience going into the field with the HKI Cambodia team to interview participants in our Micronutrient Powder program (read about it here). During the trip I was able to speak to many inspiring women involved in the program, and I thought that I would take this opportunity to share some of their stories.
The goal of the micronutrient power (MNP) program is to reduce micronutrient deficiencies and malnutrition prevalence, and to help keep children healthy. It is an in-home fortification program in which mothers receive sachets of MNP powder to add to their babies’ food to ensure that it is adequately nutritious. The mothers are also educated about complementary feeding, and infant and young child feeding practices by village health volunteers.
This blog was written by Caitlin Gruer, a field intern with HKI Cambodia.
A young beneficiary learns about nutrition. Photo c. HKI
Monday morning I was greeted with an excellent surprise when I arrived at the HKI headquarters in Phnom Penh: I was going to have my first opportunity to go into the field and meet with some of our program beneficiaries! Along with 3 of my colleagues here at HKI Cambodia, I traveled to Kampong Thom and Kampong Cham districts to conduct interviews about our Micronutrient Powder (MNP) program.
Hello from lovely Cambodia! My name is Caitlin Gruer and I am a masters of public health student at Columbia University. I am studying Sociomedical Sciences with a concentration in Global Health and a personal interest in child health. As part of my studies I have the pleasure of interning for HKI Cambodia for the next six months.
Helen Keller International and Children Without Worms work together to treat and prevent intestinal worms in at-risk, school-aged children.
This post was written by Kim Koporc, director of Children Without Worms. She also blogged about school-based deworming for ABC News’ “Be the Change: Save a Life.”
A month ago, I had the privilege of working with Zaman Talukder, Len Wanak and Hou Kroeun of Helen Keller International at the Chung Ruk primary school in Pnom Penh, Cambodia. We were there to oversee a “deworming day” – a day when children receive deworming medication and learn the importance of hygiene and sanitation in an effort to treat and prevent intestinal worms. What made this trip different was that this time, I went with a crew to produce a film, which was shown at this year’s Global Health Council Conference.
An interview with HKI's Vice President and Regional Director for Asia-Pacific
Have you ever met anyone who has visited and worked in over 50 countries and lived in Zaïre, Niger, Cambodia, Vietnam, The Philippines, Cameroon, Senegal and the U.S.? We have, and it’s our Vice President and Regional Director for Asia-Pacific, Nancy J. Haselow. I recently asked Nancy to tell us about her career in public health, and found someone who is not only an inveterate traveler, but also a tireless crusader for improving the lives of as many vulnerable people as possible.
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