Addressing Childhood Malnutrition in Cambodia

Since 2006, Abbott and the Abbott Fund have partnered with Direct Relief International and Angkor Hospital for Children (AHC) in Siem Reap in an effort to reverse these troubling trends of early morbidity and mortality amongst young children.

Cambodia Nutrition Project

Cambodia has significantly high rates of childhood malnutrition and maternal mortality, the result of years of war and civil unrest. To help improve maternal and pediatric health conditions, the Abbott Fund has forged a partnership with Direct Relief to support nutrition education and related programs at Angkor Hospital for Children, a teaching hospital in Siem Reap.

The program trains local health care workers, as well as families, in preparing nutritionally sound locally grown foods. Abbott contributed more than $700,000 toward staff and educational training; provided food rations and equipment for treating hospitalized children; and donated more than $1 million in nutritional and pharmaceutical products. With the assistance of Cambodia’s Ministry of Health, they’ve also trained more than 1,200 government health care workers and nursing students from across the country, who subsequently treated more than 125,000 children suffering from severe malnutrition.


  • Abbott Fund

    Staff size: Unknown

    The Abbott Fund was established by Abbott, a global health care company, in 1951, as a philanthropic foundation based in Illinois, United States. The Abbott Fund’s vision is to create...

  • Angkor Hospital for Children (AHC)

    Implementing NGO
    Cambodia | Staff size: 501-1000

    Angkor Hospital for Children (AHC) is a Non-profit pediatric teaching hospital working in cooperation with the Cambodian government to provide free, quality health care to impoverished children...

  • Direct Relief

    Implementing NGO
    United States | Staff size: 26-50

    Direct Relief is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that provides medical assistance to people around the world who have been affected by poverty, natural disasters, and civil unrest....

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Key Information

LocationEast Asia and Pacific, Cambodia
  • Start Date 2006
ValueUSD 1.7 Million