Phnom Penh (dpa) – Anaemia and a lack of food are two major problems facing Cambodia’s garments workers, a study by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) has found.
More than half of the 3,890 workers the ILO surveyed were anaemic and two-thirds did not get enough to eat. More than 15 per cent of the workers were underweight and their average daily spending on food was just $1.30, according to the study released late Monday.
“Anaemia and food insecurity can contribute to wide ranging health problems for workers. Anaemia often leads to chronic fatigue, difficulty concentrating and low productivity,” said Jill Tucker, Better Factories Cambodia programme manager.
“Addressing these anaemia levels will be complex, but is key to improving productivity and business outcomes in the garment sector,” she added.