• Cambodia is ranked 136 out of 187 countries on the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) 2013 Human Development Index, which is measured according to life span, education levels and standard of living.
  • Although the country’s poverty rate has decreased from 53.2 percent to 20.5 percent between 2004 and 2011, the World Bank’s report states that a majority of the population remains in the “near poor” stage and are highly likely to fall back into poverty.
  • The malnutrition rate in Cambodia is high, with 40 percent of children under the age of five being extremely malnourished and 28 percent underweight.
  • International health organisation, PATH reports that about 32,000 children in Cambodia die each year – 9,000 due to pneumonia and 2,250 due to diarrhea.
  • Based on the The Cambodian Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (MoEYS)’s Education Strategic Plan 2014-2018, about 12 percent of Cambodian children don’t complete primary school and 57 percent don’t complete lower secondary school.


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