CWS Asia

Health and Nutrition

Benedicta Mone holds her 15 month old daugther, Indriyani, while CWS nurse, Agnes Eva Liunokas (right), feed her a special milk formula outside the Therapeutic Feeding Center (TFC). The TFC treats malnourished children in the rural Timor Tengah Selatan District of West Timor, Indonesia. Operated out of the local hospital, CWS nurses provide care around the clock: administering medicine, establishing frequent feeding schedules and education for the parents to prepare nutritious food once back at home.

Benedicta Mone holds her 15 month old daugther, Indriyani, while CWS nurse, Agnes Eva Liunokas (right), feed her a special milk formula outside the Therapeutic Feeding Center (TFC). The TFC treats malnourished children in the rural Timor Tengah Selatan District of West Timor, Indonesia. Operated out of the local hospital, CWS nurses provide care around the clock: administering medicine, establishing frequent feeding schedules and education for the parents to prepare nutritious food once back at home. Photo: CWS

Breast feeding time – Daw Win Win Htay. Photo: CWS

Lin Lae Cho girl is one of TB patients that CWS support in Myanmar. Photo: CWS

Many vulnerable people in Asia – especially women and children – face difficulty in accessing basic health services. This is often due to the lack of hospitals, health personnel and essential medicine.

CWS mobilizes its resources to provide life-saving interventions in response to the health needs of high-risk communities. Primary health care efforts support families affected by disasters – including refugees, internally displaced persons, host communities and returnees. Prevention and awareness are central to saving lives, combating diseases and preventing major outbreaks and epidemics.

In addition, we believe that by responding to the health needs of disaster-affected communities, families are better able to address their other needs and rights – including education. Education builds the capacity of children, youth and adults to fully understand their rights and opportunities.

Countries: Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar and Vietnam

Latest News

Empowerment to Address Early Marriage and Pregnancy in West Timor

CWS Indonesia | November 10, 2017

Nuryadin Selan is the headmaster of the junior high school in Oebaki village in remote West Timor, where teenage pregnancies and early marriage are a serious concern. “At one point, I had only 30 girl students in my three classes because so many had dropped out,” noted Ms. Selan during a recent workshop about adolescent […]

For Family and Community Together

CWS Cambodia | October 16, 2017

Ngin Chanrith, who is 50, lives with her husband Bun Heang in Anglong Thma village in central Cambodia near their two sons and two daughters, who have families of their own. Heang is the village Chief while Chanrith drives a motorcycle taxi to earn about $5 a day to supplement their income. To help her […]

CWS Continues Support to Myanmar TB Patients Following 2016 Floods

CWS Myanmar | September 13, 2017

Among the many risks children face in Myanmar, tuberculosis is one that develops slowly and often unnoticed by parents and teachers. Fortunately for seven-year-old first grader, Lin Lae Cho is seven, who lives in a village in the far southwest of the Ayeyarwaddy River delta, her TB was detected when her parents started to notice […]

CWS Support for TB Patients Pays Off

CWS Myanmar | June 13, 2017

Cherry Oo is 22 and lives in Pathein Township in the Ayeyarwaddy River delta region of Southwest Myanmar with her family. Her father and mother are both daily wage laborers, and she has one younger sister, Cherry was also a wage worker earning about $2 a day before she was diagnosed with tuberculosis in 2016. […]

Persistence Is the Key for a Vietnam Village Health Worker

CWS Vietnam | March 19, 2017

Chang Le Hu, 33, is an ethnic Ha Nhi health worker in Ta Phu village on Vietnam’s remote northern border with China. Recently, he told CWS staff about his amazing first experience of delivering a baby! “I still remember the 30-year-old pregnant woman, Ly Phi Pu, and the fact that it was her first delivery. […]

    Success Builds on Success: One Family Succeeds in Improving Its Life

    CWS Myanmar | March 16, 2018

    Ma Khaing is a 39-year-old mother of 5 children and, besides the huge job of being a mother and homemaker, she has an added job selling fish. Ko Ye Tun, who is Ma Khaing’s 36-year-old husband, works as a wage laborer and fisherman. Their children’s ages span 17 years, starting with Yamin Hlaing, who is […]

    Teamwork Supports Expanding Timor Zero Hunger

    CWS Timor Leste | February 19, 2018

    “I am so happy that we had an opportunity to visited Soe and see Timor Zero Hunger activities and impact in communities,” is how Timor-Leste Program Manager Odete Peloy began her report on the Timor-Leste team’s trip to West Timor. Then she continued, “After a briefing from the project team on the first day, we […]

    CWS Joins an Alliance Against Hunger and Malnutrition in Myanmar

    CWS Myanmar | February 17, 2018

    CWS had joined the 67-member Scaling-Up Nutrition Civil Society Alliance, at the Myanmar national and Ayeyarwaddy regional levels as one of 14 international NGO members. The SUN-CSA goal is to eliminate all forms of malnutrition; and, invoking the principle that everyone has a right to food and good nutrition, the alliance unites civil society organizations […]

    One Family’s ‘Baby Steps’ in a Journey to Change

    CWS Myanmar | December 19, 2017

    Ma Ohn May is 43 and lives with her husband-U Kyaw Myint and their six children in Let Pan Tan village in southwest Myanmar. U Kyaw Myint is as fisherman and daily wage laborer, depending on the season. In the rainy season, he fishes from his own small boat to earn about 2,000 Myanmar Kyat […]

    Young Parents Learn Together About How to Care Better for Their Infant Son’s Health

    CWS Vietnam | November 18, 2017

    Born in 1997, Khang A Su, like many other Mong men, married quite early. He is just 20 and his wife, Vu Thi Ve, is evening younger by two years. They live in Noong Thang, which is just about 7 km along the pathway from their commune center. The young couple already has an eight-month-old […]

    One Couple Learns That Malnutrition Is Not Always Obvious, But Can Be Addressed

    CWS Myanmar | November 17, 2017

    Ko Kyaw Zaw Hein earns an above average monthly salary of 150,000 MMK (≈ $110) at Ngwe Saung Beach Hotel, so he provides well for his wife, Ma Theint Theint Sint, and their two daughters. So, he and Ma Sint were surprised to learn that their three-year-old daughter is malnourished. Fortunately, they were glad to […]

    Nutrition Promotion with a Very Special Champion

    CWS Myanmar |

    U Maw is 67 year old and lives with his wife, Daw Tin, and three children in Let Pan Tan village, where he farms winter crops on nine acres of land that he owns. He is a respected grand old man because he is very active in community development, and he is often asked to […]

    Ending Breastfeeding Myths: One Key Change for Babies’ Better Health

    CWS Myanmar | October 16, 2017

    U Ko Ko Naing and Daw Win Win Htay who have an 8-year-old and 6-month-old son. U Ko Ko Naing is a fisherman and a vegetable famer as the seasons allow, and Daw Win Winn Htay is a homemaker. Between fishing, which earns the family about $50 month during spring and summer, and selling vegetables, […]

    Steady Progress In Nutrition Programs for Myanmar Families

    CWS Myanmar | September 5, 2017

    Nutrition specialist and long-time CWS colleague, Julia Suryantan, visited the CWS team in Myanmar recently to help review progress to date, and advise on improvements for best practice implementation, for nutrition activities in 15 Maubin Township villages in the Ayeyarwaddy region in the country’s Southwest. Julie visited five communities and met with secular and religious […]

    “These Children Need Very Special Care”

    CWS Indonesia | April 8, 2017

    The Community Health Center (Puskesmas) in Oekam village, West Timor, in the only clinic for people from 10 villages in Timor Tengah Selatan (TTS) district, and Vera Kuli has been working there for the past six years. Part of her role is monitoring children’s nutritional status in all 10 villages; and, in this role, she […]

    It’s Never Too Late To Learn: Building a Better Future For Our Children

    CWS Myanmar | April 7, 2017

    Nang Aye Khaing (Ma Nang) is 38 and lives in Auk Htone village in Southwest Myanmar with her husband U Aung Min and three children: a daughter, 17, and two sons, 11 and 5. The family runs a small grocery store and basket weaving business from their home which, alarmingly, has lost six acres of […]

    Nutrition Project Helps Home Gardening in Myanmar

    CWS Myanmar | March 20, 2017

    Ma Nge is 34-year-old woman who lives in Bar Ma Nee village in Myanmar’s Ayeyarwady Region. She is married and with her husband, Mg Nge , who is 40 years old, has two children: Hnin Wai Phyo is 9 and is in Grade 3 at the village school; Phyo Wai Yan is 3 and stays […]

    If at first you don’t succeed …

    CWS Indonesia | February 24, 2017

    When 14 farmers from Fetomone village established their Farmer Group in March 2016, members agreed that they would cultivate corn together on a new plot of land. But because of some mistakes about the land’s arability and, especially, the lack of proper attention to the plot from group members, things did not go as planned […]

    A Young Myanmar Family with A Brighter Future: A New Opportunity Starts to Pay Off

    CWS Myanmar | February 23, 2017

    CWS Japan Partnership Helps Myint Myint Kyi, who is known as Ma Kyi, is 22 years old and lives in Inn Tae Su village in Maubin Township of Myanmar’s Ayeyarwady Region. She is married and, with her husband, Ye Lay, who is 31 years old, she has two boys: Zin Myo Oo is 5 years […]

    Mushroom Growing At Home Helps a Family Improve Its Life

    CWS Cambodia | February 22, 2017

    Ms. Kem Sopheap, who is 31, lives in Tmat Paeuy village in northern Cambodia with her husband Khourn Chanthan, who is 35 and a farmer, and their three children, ages 9 to 16, who are all fortunate to be able to go to school. Recently, Sopheap joined a CWS-hosted educational session about vegetable and mushroom […]

    A Government Ag Extension Worker Expands His Own Knowledge to Help Others

    CWS Indonesia | January 15, 2017

    Benjamin Rao is an Ag Extension Instructor in Noebeba sub-district in West Timor – an area that is highly food insecure, partly because of limited access to water. Mr. Rao has been living on Oebaki village with his wife and children for just over a decade and, in recent years, he has been involved in […]

    Learning the Health Benefits of Locally Available Foods Helps One Mother Feed Her Children Better

    CWS Vietnam | January 13, 2017

    Chu A Xa is a 30-year-old mother of two small children who, like many La Hu women in the far northwest region of Vietnam, feeds her family everyday with rice, maize and some pork. This diet is followed despite the fact that the fully grown pumpkins, which are plentiful, are highly nutritious and could be […]

    Working For Better Nutrition Among Young Children in Myanmar

    CWS | January 3, 2017

    It is morning on the Ayeyarwady River. Today our team is traveling to two communities in Myanmar, or Burma, that participate in a CWS program to improve the nutrition of young children. The program is now in five villages and will expand soon to an additional five. Because of perennial flooding, these villages are only […]

    Peer-to-Peer Sharing Helps Women Learn More About Good Nutrition

    CWS Cambodia | December 28, 2016

    Ms. Pha Phearun, who is 45, is the village chief of Kouk Sralau, Preah Vihear Province in northern Cambodia. She lives with her husband, who is a rice farmer, and their three children who are between 13 and 26 years old. The oldest child, a son, is disabled; the older daughter is married and helps […]

    CWS Helps Mothers and Caregivers Understand Young Child Nutrition Better

    CWS Myanmar | December 7, 2016

    The 37% prevalence of stunting (low height-for-age) children is alarmingly high in Myanmar’s southwest Ayeyarwady Region, and it is caused by chronic malnutrition that can have irreversible damage on brain as well as physical development. To help address this threat, CWS has been helping mothers and caregivers of < 5 children increase their knowledge and […]

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