Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Maternal health gets a boost in 3 provinces

Maternal health gets a boost in 3 provinces

Maternal health gets a boost in 3 provinces

About 300,000 women of reproductive age will receive higher-quality emergency obstetric and newborn-care services thanks to a sizeable handover of medical equipment and supplies to government health centres and hospitals in Kampong Thom, Kampot and Kep provinces.

Through a partnership seeking to improve the social healthcare sector in Cambodia, the Cambodian-German “Muskoka” project, German Development Cooperation and Unicef have procured equipment valued at more than $500,000.

“This project is just one segment of our larger objective in strengthening the social health protection system [in Cambodia] long term,” said Birgit Strube, first secretary for the German Embassy in Phnom Penh.

About eight per cent of the 36,000 annual pregnancies in all three provinces are identified as high-risk.

Nationally, three out of four newborn deaths occur in the first week of life, especially during the first day.

Lauding the project’s equipment disbursement, Chan Thery, executive director of the Reproductive and Child Health Alliance, said “transportation to health facilities, ensuring clean facilities and access to water and postpartum care are important interventions” in reducing neonatal and maternal deaths.

Medical supplies like ultrasound scanners, fetal heart detectors, sterilising apparatus, surgical sterilising instruments and resuscitators will keep Cambodia on track to achieving its Millennium Development Goal of reducing child mortality, proponents maintain.

“These critical, quality, value-for-money supplies from reliable manufacturers, will support the government to deliver and scale up essential services for mothers and newborns,” Unicef communications officer Angelique Reid wrote in an email.

MOST VIEWED

  • South Korea’s first lady brings hope to ill boy

    South Korea’s first lady Kim Keon-hee – wife of current president of the Republic of Korea, Yoon Suk Yeol – met with a 14-year-boy with congenital heart disease during her trip to the Kingdom for the ASEAN Summit. After their meeting it was announced that the

  • Hun Sen gets Covid, shuns G20, APEC summits

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said he has tested positive for Covid-19 in Indonesia, where he is slated to attend the G20 summit in his capacity of the ASEAN chair. In a social media post addressing the Cambodian public, he said: “Before leaving Cambodia, I always

  • Moody’s sets outlook rating to ‘negative’ for Cambodia

    US global rating agency Moody’s Investors Service Inc on November 15 announced that it downgraded Cambodia’s outlook from “stable” to “negative” and maintained its B2 local and foreign currency issuer ratings. “The negative outlook reflects a deteriorating external position as illustrated by the severe

  • Korean first lady paves way for ill boy’s surgery

    A 14-year-old boy with congenital heart disease who was lucky enough to meet with South Korean first lady Kim Keon-hee may get the chance of a lifetime and receive surgery and treatment at Asan Medical Center in Seoul, South Korea. After seeing his plight, many

  • Hun Sen’s Covid infection caused by ‘weakened antibody’ after summit

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said exhaustion from heavy workload before and during the recent ASEAN Summit may have led to him contracting Covid-19 due to his weakened immune system, while rejecting speculations that the infection was caused by leaders of some countries who did not

  • Kingdom’s rice crowned world’s No1

    Cambodia’s Phka Rumduol jasmine variety has been crowned the World’s Best Rice for the fifth time at the TRT (The Rice Trader) World Rice Conference in Phuket, Thailand on November 17, according to leaders of the Kingdom’s apex rice industry body. Phka Rumduol