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

“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. […]

    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 […]

    A Grandmother and Village Health Volunteer Team Up to Help a Toddler Grow Strong and Healthy

    CWS Cambodia | August 19, 2018

    Oeun E is the Village Health Volunteer of Sophy village in western Cambodia. E lives with his wife and their four children, ages 16 to 19, two of whom are in secondary school. Unfortunately, the other two dropped out of school and help the family earn money with farm work. Besides being committed to helping […]

    We Are Grateful to CWS, Not Only for Material Aid, But Also for the Chance to Gain Knowledge

    CWS Myanmar | July 23, 2018

    Thin Thin Khaing, is a 27-year-old mother whose small family benefits from her participation in CWS-led nutrition education activities. She and her husband, Kan Tun, have a 4-year-old daughter named May Phu Khaing, and they have lived in Let Pan Tan village for many years. As poor farmers they earn about 40,000 Kyat ($29) monthly […]

    Twice Lucky: A Young Girl Grows Strong with CWS Support

    CWS Myanmar | June 21, 2018

    Hnin Nanda Aung is a happy and healthy child, living in a small village in the Ayeyarwaddy River delta region. CWS got to know her during CWS-organized weight monitoring sessions that are part of nutrition education activities for mothers and other caregivers, and staff noticed how much she laughs and smiles while talking and playing […]

    This Was the First Opportunity I Have Ever Had Like This!

    CWS Timor Leste | June 20, 2018

    Twentysomethings Clementina Pintu dos Santosher and Bernadus Lalus and their two young children live in a village high in the mountains above a nearby town that is not far, by distance, from Timor-Leste’s capital city, Dili. Yet, life is hard for the family: Bernadus works odd jobs a few dollars at a time, Clementina has […]

    Indonesia’s Signature Initiative to End Hunger Expands to Timor-Leste

    CWS Timor Leste | May 18, 2018

    Lebucaility and Gariana hamlets are located in Timor Leste’s mountains in a district whose central town is just 20 miles west – but decades behind – the country’s capital, Dili. Using dangerous dirt roads to reach their tiny enclaves, CWS staff have come to work with several hundred subsistence farming families who use traditional agricultural […]

    “My name is Khaing Win Swe, and I am happy for a chance to tell you my story”

    CWS Myanmar |

    So begins the story of one 30-year-old women with whom CWS is proud to work in Myanmar. “I live with my husband, Ko Aung Win, and our two sons, Kaung Khant Aung, who is 10 years old and in Grade 4 and Aung Phone Khant, who is just 14 months old. During the dry season […]

    “I am … happy to share my learning and tell about our achievements”

    CWS Myanmar | May 17, 2018

    “My name is Ma Khin San. I am a 36-year-old daily wage farm worker, and my husband, U Kyaw Naing Myint, is 38 and a wage worker, too. Together, we earn about 6,500 Kyat ($5) each day for about 15 days of work each month during the six-month dry season, which makes us very poor. […]

    All in the Family: Indonesia

    CWS Indonesia |

    Yosber Sae and Esther Kikhau are a fortysomething couple who live in a remote hamlet in far southeastern Indonesia on the island of Timor. They have three children: Riski Rivan Sae, 18; Raiden Sae, 8 and Ririn January Sae, 4. Before joining CWS-organized Timor Zero Hunger activities a few years ago, the family was raising […]

    Happy to Have Help, Ma Aye Joined All the Education Sessions

    CWS Myanmar | April 17, 2018

    Ko Myo Kyi and Ma Khin New Aye live in Taung Tar Yar village in Myanmar’s far southwest Ayeyarwady Region, which is defined by the far-reaching Ayeyarwady River system that has hundreds of powerful tributaries by which people live but also because of which they struggle sometimes. Ko Kyi and Ma Ayge have three children: […]

    Now I Have More Time to Focus on … Making a Better Life

    CWS Cambodia |

    Bun Ratha, 28, lives with her husband, Horm Chanthorn, 25, and their 4-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter in Rung Chrey village in western Cambodia. They are farmers living on her mother’s land and raising ducks for a living. But their income is quite low and they have high interest loan payments due from buying the […]

    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 […]

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