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Results and Lessons Learned sharing workshop for the ADRA Cambodia Live More Cambodia Lifestyle Health project

On September 23rd, 2016, Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Cambodia conducted a workshop at Sen Han Hotel to present the results and discuss lessons learned for the Live More Cambodia Lifestyle Health project. The Workshop focused on the following objectives:

  • To present the research design, methodology and lessons learned on implementation of the trial methods
  • To share preliminary findings of the initial implementation of the lifestyle health promotion program
  • To seek comments and feedback from relevant stakeholders on effective methods of implementing lifestyle NCD behaviour change promotion programs in the Cambodia context.

The Live More Cambodia (LMC) lifestyle health Project was implemented from May 2015 to September 2016 with financial support from ADRA Australia, in collaboration with Ministry of Health, Lifestyle Medicine Institute, Cambodia Adventist Mission and Avondale College.  The non-communicable disease prevention research program target beneficiaries in Phnom Penh (Toul Kork Seventh-day Adventist Church) and (1 group in Pursat city, Keo Mony, Domrey Sor, Preah Ampil, Brasat and Kompong Kdey village) Pursat province.  The project was implemented as a pilot initiative to test local adaptation of the Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP) using participatory REFLECT group learning methodology.   Program goals include the demonstration of sustainable reduction in Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) risks for at-risk participants including:

  • Reduction of blood glucose, Total and LDL cholesterol levels, triglyceride levels and increase HDL (good) cholesterol levels
  • Reduction of Body Mass Index (BMI) scores and high blood pressure.
  • Reduce tobacco and alcohol use rates

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The CHIP program is a lifestyle medicine intervention education program designed to prevent, arrest and reverse chronic disease. Founded more than 25 years ago, CHIP has helped more than 55,000 participants regain their health and has been featured in more than 20 scientific and health journals, including the prestigious American Journal of Cardiology. CHIP truly has proven results and provides priceless benefits.

Over the period of the past 12 months, the LMC project has identified results and lessons learned as presented in the project implementation and research analysis including the following:

Of the 93 participants (22 in Phnom Penh, 71 in Pursat; 67 female, 26 male) Live More Cambodia project, preliminary results show a reduction in blood sugar (15.3% Phnom Penh, 2.1% Pursat) improvement in HDL/good cholesterol (39.9% Phnom Penh, 6.1%), improvement in LDL/bad cholesterol (15.7% Phnom Penh, 1.3% Pursat) and improvement in blood pressure (12.3%  Pursat).

The workshop participants included representatives from Preventive Medicine Department of the Ministry of Health, a representative from the national health research Ethics Committee of the Ministry of Health, Provincial Health Department of the Pursat province, project partners and beneficiaries, and stakeholders from the Seventh-Day Adventist Church of Cambodia.

For further information, please call 023 880 693 or e-mail: info@adracambodia.org

For media coverage, please check out the video clips via the link in YouTube here:
https://youtu.be/S2rkyc9ZKPY

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“ADRA Canada is pleased to announce the signing of its most recent co-funding contribution agreement with the Government of Canada, through Global Affairs Canada.  Named EMBRACE, the program will run until March 2020 and serve people living in remote regions of Cambodia, Burma (Myanmar), Philippines and Rwanda. Similarly, EMBRACE will also raise the awareness of the Canadian public through its public engagement component which will work with agents of change from remote areas in Canada. EMBRACE will focus primarily on improving and saving the lives of women of reproductive age, newborns, and children under five.  The program will achieve these objectives through instruction on health and nutrition, the building of health clinics and training programs for community health volunteers, traditional birth attendants, nurses and midwives.   Agricultural instruction will teach mothers how to grow nutritious fruits and vegetables close to their homes in kitchen gardens. The program will serve an estimated 100,000 people, including 33,000 children of vulnerable people groups such as ethnic minorities and people returning to their homes after natural disasters or civil conflict.

Over 20 million will be contributed by the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada, and the remaining 5 million will be contributed by ADRA Canada and its partners.

The launch of this life-saving program is marked by a kick-off meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia attended by the Head of the Canadian Diplomatic Office in Cambodia, and representatives from ADRA’s offices in Canada, Cambodia, Burma (Myanmar), Philippines and Rwanda on Feb 29-Mar 4, 2016.”

 

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