FIDR is a non-governmental organization working to support children in developing countries and people affected by disasters.

What We Do

Issues the Project Tackles

Nutritional value of meals served at hospitals in Cambodia was not considered at all. Inpatients, therefore, did not take sufficient nutrition, and expected treatment effect was not fully produced.

Background of the Issues

There are few nutrition experts in Cambodia where child malnutrition rate is high among Asian countries. Nutrition is not taught systematically at educational institutions including medical schools. Therefore, even doctorsf understanding on the importance of hospital meals in terms of patient treatment is low.

At National Pediatric Hospital(NPH) we have been assisting through Pediatric Surgery Project, until 2006, simple and insufficient meals have been served twice a day, which were rice and soup at 10:00AM and rice only at 3:00PM. In addition, when meals were served, parents/caretakers of patients had to fetch meals at kitchen, but meals were sufficient only for 30-40% of the total patient number, and many had to go outside to buy meals. These situations were the same at the other national and public hospitals.

Hospital diet is a common practice and regarded as a part of medical treatment in other countries including Japan. It is necessary to make it a common practice in Cambodia, too.

Project Purpose

Improving nutritional status of patients at the National Pediatric Hospital to enhance medical treatment effect

Project Period


Project Site

National Pediatric Hospital, Phnom Penh


E Inpatients over 6 months old at the National pediatric HospitalF37,262 children(FY2012), parents/caretakers of patients
E Staff of NPH (doctors, nurses, kitchen staffs): approx. 450 people

Main Activities

1. Providing meals to inpatients
2. Training for staff of NPH
3. Nutritional education for parents and caretakers of patients
4. Production of hospital diet recipe book and educational materials on basic nutrition and clinical nutrition

Our Approach

From the planning stage of this project, Japanese registered dietitians have been stationing in Cambodia, researching local foodstuffs and dietary culture scrupulously, and proceeding to realize locally acceptable hospital diets and its stepwise development.