Sao Rukroeurn, a 28-year-old mother with three children and a husband in Bakan district in Pursat province, Cambodia. This is her story:
Her family’s only asset is a hectare of low-fertile rice paddy. In order to keep hunger at bay, they supplement their low yield by growing homestead vegetables, hunting, and fishing. Despite their efforts, there is just never enough food for the family of five.
Sao has had three miscarriages due to the lack of proper nutrition and overwork. Her pregnancies have been difficult; she could not even produce enough milk for her first and second child.
Sao, like other malnourished mothers, often gives birth to underweight babies, who are 20% more likely to die before the age of five while those who do survive receive inadequate nutrition. This lack of proper nutrition during the first 1,000 days of a child’s life can lead to irreversible damage to their brains and bodies including physical stunting.
A Mothers-for-Mothers campaign for the World Food Programme (WFP), supported by Marion Caunter, strives to provide the right nutrition to pregnant or nursing women and their infants during the short window of opportunity, the crucial first 1,000 days of life, for proper development of a child’s mind and body.
When Sao was pregnant with her third child, she started receiving a monthly mixed-food ration from WFP, consisting of corn and soya blend, which is usually mixed with water and cooked as porridge with locally sourced fruits or vegetables. The food ration, along with sugar and vitamin A-fortified vegetable oil, intended for both mother and child, makes up at least 77% of a child’s energy and most of the micronutrient requirements, as well as one-third of the requirements for pregnant and lactating women.
Sao was very grateful as she successfully gave birth to a beautiful and healthy 3.5kg baby boy, who she named Raksar. Sao has also been able to produce enough breast milk for him and he now weighs a healthy 7.5kg at eight months.
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and her child with proper nutrition and prevent the irreversible damage that
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