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For Speech and Swallowing Disorders, a Lack of Attention

About one in 25 Cambodians have speech and swallowing disorders, with tens of thousands dying each year due to related complications, according to experts.

Efforts to Stop Deeply Rooted Postnatal Practices Ramp Up

“Roasting”—a Cambodian tradition that sees new mothers lie on beds over a fire for several days in the belief it will scare off evil spirits and warm the body after giving birth—is one of many dangerous but deeply rooted practices that midwives and health practitioners are trying to debunk.

Orphanage Closed Following Claims of Abuse

Three boys and a girl, one of whom is disabled, were removed from a Phnom Penh orphanage on Tuesday after its main donor accused its director of physical abuse and sexual misconduct.

As MERS Spreads, Gov’t Says It’s Prepared

Following the first case of the potentially deadly Middle East respiratory syndrome being confirmed in Thailand on Thursday, government officials in Cambodia said entry points into the country were already equipped to prevent the disease from spreading here.

Mosque Hosts Fast-Breaking Meal for Ramadan

In the country’s largest mosque, more than 150 Muslim men feasted on fried noodles, rice porridge and fruit to mark the end of the first day of Ramadan, Islam’s holiest month, which started Thursday and will end on July 17.

Primary Schools in Spotlight at Funding Talks

Less than a week after Unicef announced that primary school enrollment in Cambodia had reached a high of 94.5 percent, government officials and foreign donors met Tuesday to discuss ways to improve the quality of the education those students are getting.

Ministries to Push Vocational Training, Starting in Svay Rieng

Starting next month, the ministries of education and labor will offer job counseling to students in Svay Rieng province as the first step in an effort to better match employment opportunities in the country with the skills of youth entering the workforce, the education minister said Monday.

Unesco to Push Both Adult Literacy and Preschool Education

Months away from the end of a 15-year plan to improve education in the country, officials announced Wednesday that Cambodia still needs to make strides to meet adult literacy benchmarks and set new priorities focusing on the country’s youngest students.

Travelers Asked to Be Vigilant to Prevent Spread of MERS

Following an outbreak in South Korea of a deadly respiratory disease which has killed three people and infected 36 in that country since late last month, Cambodian health officials on Friday asked travelers coming from infected regions to be vigilant to avoid its spread here.

Cambodia Reduces Hunger, Meeting UN Goal

The portion of the Cambodian population that is undernourished has been reduced by half since 1990, meeting a U.N. Millennium Development Goal ahead of the deadline at the end of the year, according to a report released Thursday.

Private Universities Say Gov’t Assessments Coming Too Soon

Following the education minister’s announcement last week that 10 of Cambodia’s top universities will be assessed by a revamped higher-education accreditation body next month, an association of private university owners said they were not prepared for a new system that would ultimately rank some universities above others.

Sex Workers Beaten, Raped in Police Custody, Claims Group

About 2,000 sex workers have been arrested on the streets of Phnom Penh over the past seven years, and many of those who are placed in police custody are subjected to abuse, extortion and even rape, according to an advocacy group that held a workshop in the capital on Tuesday.

Ministry Set to Resume University Assessments

The Education Ministry will resume inspections of universities next month following a complete overhaul of the government’s higher-education accreditation body, with initial plans for experts to assess the country’s top 10 universities before expanding the initiative, the education minister said Thursday.

Cambodia’s ‘Urban Survival Gap’ Among World’s Worst

In Cambodia’s urban areas, poor children are 4.7 times more likely to die before reaching the age of 5 than the children of wealthy parents, making the country’s “urban survival gap” one of the largest in the world, according to a new report.

Project Maps Wells to Mitigate Flood Impact

Aiming to improve responses to flooding and prevent people from contracting the diseases that floodwaters carry, a number of NGOs have worked with the Ministry of Rural Development to pilot a mobile-phone application to map the country’s wells.

Civil Society Conference Disappointed by Gov’t

Following the Cambodian government’s decision last week to block an independently selected civil society leader from representing the country at the Asean Civil Society Conference, the chair of the conference said in a statement released Monday that some governments had been “extremely disappointing.”

China, Cambodia Further Cement Relations

Prime Minister Hun Sen met with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the 60th Asian-Af­ri­can Conference Commemoration in Bandung, Indonesia, on Thursday, announcing further cooperation between the two countries, local media reported Friday.

Gov’t Working to Recover Stolen Artifacts

Following the seizure of a trove of Asian artifacts smuggled into the U.S., the Cambodian Embassy in Washington has started working with U.S. authorities to repatriate more than $3 million worth of Cambodian antiquities.

Young Chess Champion Defends National Title

Self-taught chess champion Chheav Bora on Thursday held on to the title of Sdech Ouk—“King of Chess”—after defeating his opponent in the final round of the national championship on the last day of the Angkor Sankranta New Year festival in Siem Reap City.

Major US Seizure Included Cambodian Artifacts

At least $3 million worth of Cambodian artifacts are part of a massive cache of smuggled antiquities that have been seized by New York authorities after being smuggled into the U.S. by an art dealer, The New York Times reported on Tuesday.

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