Healthy start in Cambodia

Plan International Cambodia supports girls and boys to be healthy, well nourished and get optimal early learning and development. We achieve this through gender-responsive, social and behaviour change projects, increasing access to quality services and ending open defecation.

A mother feeding her child in Cambodia
A mother feeding her child in Cambodia.

Our early childhood care and development work supports parents and caregivers, particularly young mothers, with training on gender-responsive nurturing care practices and early learning. We also promote positive parenting and men’s positive engagement in children’s early development.

Our work on water, sanitation and hygiene supports effective social and behaviour change to increase community-wide use of basic sanitation and hygiene facilities and the equal sharing of related domestic chores, decision making and management between men and women.

Our maternal, newborn, child health and nutrition work strengthens women’s knowledge, skills and confidence to adopt key maternal healthcare practices and to use and demand services. We also work with partners, families and communities to increase support for maternal health. We improve the quality of relevant councelling and services, and ensure they are gender-responsive and support men’s participation by working alongside health service authorities, providers and community health workers.

Key targets

Our work to ensure girls get a good start in life targets more than 210,000 people including young parents and caregivers aged 15-24 years old and their children under 6 years old through integrated programming on nutrition, early childhood care and development, and water, sanitation and hygiene.


Donors who support our work in this area include:

  • BMZ
  • IDRC
  • Plan International Canada
  • Plan International Germany
  • Plan International Hong Kong
  • Plan International Japan
  • Plan International Korea
  • Plan International USA
  • Private individual donors.