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

Health Check-ups in Nam Mo Village Motivate a Mother’s Change

CWS Vietnam | October 23, 2018

By Tran Van Thang, CWS Project Officer. Giang Thi Dinh, 35, is the mother of two young children in Nam Mo village, which is quite difficult to reach even though it is just 25 km (≈15 miles) from the district town. This is because the dirt road that winds through the mountains to Nam Mo […]

“As a health volunteer, I represent my village”: Adolescent Health Activities Start in Timor-Leste

CWS Timor-Leste | July 22, 2018

In Timor-Leste nearly 20% of girls marry before they are age 18 and almost 25% have at least one child by the time they are 20. Further, the country’s median age is about 19 years, and the fertility rate is just under 5 children per woman (World Fact Book, 2017) – double the world average […]

Lessons Learned

CWS Vietnam | May 17, 2018

By Nguyen Thi Hai Yen, CWS Program Officer. Me Van Lap is a 30-year-old health worker at a small clinic in remote Than Uyen district, where CWS is partnering with local government workers so people have the chance to improve their personal health, family and environmental health and wellbeing. Though rather young, Lap has worked […]

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. […]

Growing groups, Growing vegetables

CWS Indonesia | October 2, 2019

The Oe’ayo farmer group started almost by accident when a plot of land donated to a church youth group by Welmince Kase and her husband was left fallow. So, after a year of the youth’s inactivity, Welmince decided on another idea for her land. Knowing that she would have help from CWS, she invited nine […]

U Aung Myint’s Journey Continues

CWS Myanmar |

Earlier, the CWS Myanmar team shared the story of Village Development Committee leader U Aung, age 56 and single father of four children in Auk Htone where he makes bamboo basket mats and trays to earn a living. We recounted U Aung’s first experience with CWS back in 2015 when his village and others nearby […]

U Aung Myint’s Journey

CWS Myanmar | August 27, 2019

This story tells U Aung Myint’s journey, on which CWS has accompanied him since we met him in 2015 when his village, Auk Htone, was flooded and CWS gave material support to families who needed help. Since then, when we first met U Aung, he has been an active community member. He has been the […]

A Good Diet Is More Affordable Than a Bad One!

CWS Timor-Leste |

Amansio dos Santos, his wife, five children and four grandchildren live in a small bamboo hut in the mountains of Liquiçá on the north coast of Timor-Leste. They are subsistence farmers, growing pumpkin, cassava, chili and corn. When they have extra produce, they sell locally. With this money, the family buys instant noodles – because […]

CWS – Community Teamwork Brings Government Basic Health Care Back to Gariana

CWS Timor-Leste | August 26, 2019

When CWS staff first visited Gariana hamlet, we were surprised at how many challenges the community faced to get basic health care. For two years, we learned, no one had access to government-guaranteed Integrated Community Health Services, that are meant to bring doctors and other health care workers, and vital vaccinations, to rural families nationwide. […]

Better Nutrition Is Better Than Medicine

CWS Myanmar |

During the six- or seven-month dry season in her southwest Myanmar village, Ma Bo Ma, who is 25 years old, works as day laborer. But for five or six months each rainy season, she is jobless. Her 27-year-old husband is Ko Oo, and he earns a living as a carpenter during the dry season and […]

Growing Vegetables for Growing Children

CWS Timor-Leste | July 31, 2019

Lucia Martins lives with her mother, husband, two children, and 10 siblings in a modest bamboo house in rural Timor-Lest – Liquisa village about several miles outside Dili. And, even though the village is not all that far, distance-wise, from the country’s capital city, it is light years away in terms of socioeconomic development. This […]

CWS and Government Health Workers Team Up to Multiply Outreach

CWS Timor-Leste | June 17, 2019

As its government’s integrated community health service, SISCa brings care to communities across Timor-Leste. Mothers and young children are among health service staff priorities. Weighing and vaccinating under-fives is a key aim according to Augusto Guterres, a long-time Ministry of Health worker. Back in 2008 Augusto was named SISCa Program Coordinator in Liquisa, where he […]

Planning + a Small Loan + Patience = a Difference!

CWS Myanmar |

In 2017, Ma Ei Chaw and her day laborer husband took a 130,000 Kyat loan from a CWS-initiated community development fund. Their goal was to improve their two young sons’ nutrition, which has assessed to be quite poor. Surprised by this, Ma Ei Chaw was determined to change things – and she did! First, the […]

Ma Zaw Works to Improve Her Family’s Wellbeing One Step at a Time

CWS Myanmar | April 2, 2019

“My name is Ei Moor Zaw. I am 24 years old and I live in Sit Kone village, which is a few hours’ drive west of our commercial and historical capital, Yangon. My husband, Pyone Min Paing, and I have a 4-year-old son, Mg Hla Yaung Lin. We own and work 1.5 acres of corn […]

Changing Habits for Better Health and Nutrition

CWS Timor-Leste | March 28, 2019

Garianah and Lebucaileti are two small villages high in the mountains of northwest Timor-Leste. Most families in these villages have two homes. One “house”, which is more of a shack, is near the family fields outside of the village. It is where they live during corn-growing season from December to May. The other house is […]

CWS Helped the Families in Lebucaileti Start Helping Themselves

CWS Timor-Leste | January 21, 2019

Lebucaileti is a small community high in the mountains of Timor-Leste, where living conditions are extremely hard. Most of the time, there is limited water, and during the dry season (July to December), there is almost none, which makes farming – which is most families’ main livelihood and household food source – extremely difficult. During […]

At the End of the Day: Reflecting on Disciples of Christ and CWS Leaders’ Visit Myanmar

CWS Myanmar |

By U Aye Lwin. My name is U Aye Lwin, and I am the village chief of Koe Ein Tan West, which is in the Ayeyawaddy River delta in southwest Myanmar. For more than two years, I have worked with Church World Service team members on several activities to help our village improve itself, and […]

CWS Is a Proud and Active Member of Myanmar’s Scaling Up Nutrition Civil Society Alliance

CWS Myanmar | January 20, 2019

The Alliance, which is best known by its acronym, SUN network, aims to catalyze and sustain public, political and financial commitment and action to address undernutrition in Myanmar. Since its launch in February 2015, SUN CSA Myanmar has grown to be an alliance of 60 civil society organizations, including 42 local organization, working in 13 […]

More Food for the Family … To Start

CWS Timor-Leste | October 23, 2018

Arcanjo Nunes lives in Lebucailite hamlet (aldeia), which has just 45 families who are mostly poor subsistence farmers like Mr. Nunes and his wife, who grow vegetables to sell in the market to support themselves and their five children. Mr. Nunes also works as a wage laborer when there is work, so the family income […]

“I want to my daughters grow up healthy and happy”

CWS Myanmar |

Than Than Si is 33 and married to Myint Lwin, who is 40. They have two daughters: Chit Thet Wai is age 7 and studying in Grade 1 and Chit Phu Wai is a 4-year-old toddler who stays at home with her mother. The family lives in a village where CWS works with poor and […]

Op Village Families Now Enjoy Fresh, Nutritious Vegetables

CWS Indonesia |

Arkilaus Leku and his wife Yunten Betty are farmers in Op village in West Timor. Arkilaus is also the chair of a newly-formed home gardening support group of eight families who share a drip irrigation system. Though Arkilaus had been a subsistence farmer, like most of his neighbors, for years, his poverty has kept him […]

New Mother-Leaders Organize Cooking Demonstrations to Share a Healthy New Soup Recipe

CWS Myanmar | October 22, 2018

In Koe Ein Tan (West) village of southwest Myanmar’s Ayeyarwaddy region, 16 children under the age of five were assessed as malnourished during a CWS-led nutrition survey in early 2017. To address this fact, which exists in other nearby village and other parts of the country as well, the children and their mothers joined nutrition […]

“I Am So Proud of All I Have Learned!”

CWS Myanmar | September 19, 2018

Khin Myo Thant is 33 and married to U Aung Ko, who is 35; they live with their only son, Hein Aung Soe who is 3 and a half in They Sin Ku Taung village in the Ayerwaddy River delta region of southwest Myanmar. Khin Myo spends most of her time taking care of Hein […]

A Good Place to Start!

CWS Timor-Leste | August 21, 2018

Marcos Martins and his wife, Filomena do Santos, live in Maumetalau aldeia (hamlet) in rural north-central Timor-Leste with their two daughters, who are three and two years old. They are subsistence farmer like most families in their remote mountain village, and they are able to grow enough vegetables so that they can sell some in […]

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