|© UNICEF Cambodia/2015/Martina Tomassini|
Pel Nean (26 years old, pictured with her baby) is a Village Health Support Group volunteer in the remote Koh Nhek district of Mondulkiri province, northeast Cambodia.
MONDULKIRI, Cambodia, 24 February 2015 – In counselling women during and after pregnancy, village health support group volunteer Pel Nean plays a vital role in bridging the knowledge, resource, and transport gaps in the community, and in connecting the community with the health system.
When a mother in the remote Poutert village in Mondulkiri province had long passed her expected delivery date, it was Nean that she called, and who took her to the health centre for a check-up. The mother gave birth to a healthy son after an induced birth. Mothers living in sparsely populated villages as these feel that without Nean they would not have had the proper knowledge, nor the resources, to get to the health centre.
“In this remote village of Mondulkiri Province, it strains me to go from one house to the next on my motorbike, trying to convince mothers to simply ask for medical help. Things have improved, though. More mothers now know how to recognize danger signs and seek my help for referrals,” says Nean.