Thursday, February 26, 2015

Impressions of the field: visiting UNICEF supported maternal health programs in Mondulkiri

By Jemma Somervail and Bunly Meas. 


Travelling here can be tough, dust makes our windscreen dirty and large holes in the road mean driving can be slow. We only travel one hour from the provincial capital of Mondulkiri, Sen Monorom but it feels very isolated.
© UNICEF Cambodia/2015/Bunly Meas
MONDULKIRI, Cambodia, 26 February 2015 - Driving through the dusty roads in north-eastern Cambodia, you’ll find the province of Mondulkiri. Although it’s only 380 kilometres from the capital Phnom Penh, it takes us seven hours to get there by car, and I am told the road is much better than it used to be. We are here to visit UNICEF-supported maternal health centres and outreach programs in remote parts of the province. Residents living in villages within Mondulkiri rely on the 11 health care clinics that are located throughout the province. For many, if these centres did not exist, the alternative would be travelling up to one hour or sometimes longer to the provincial hospital.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Diversion Programme provides hope for young people

By Angelique Reid and Jemma Somervail

SIEM REAP, Cambodia, 17 February 2015 -  “I want to have my own welding shop and be able to buy a piece of land in a local district close to the market”, says 19-year-old Vutha,* when asked about his dreams for the future.

Vutha* working for a local welding business in Siem Reap.
© UNICEF Cambodia/2013/Reid

However, if this ambitious teenager had not received assistance through the UNICEF supported Diversion Programme, his choices may have been very limited.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

All aboard for early childhood education

By Hun Sovadhanak and Jemma Somervail. 

KAMPONG THOM, Cambodia, 11, February 2015 - It’s early in the morning and community preschool teacher, Ms. Chim Chhun Hoeurn, 43, is using her own boat to ferry some of her students across the Stung Sen river, which divides the small village of Kampong Svay in Kampong Thom province, some 200 kms north of Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh. Hoeurn’s 20 pupils aged 3 to 5, come from some the poorest families in the community and she goes out of her way to make sure they can all get to school at 7:00 a.m.

Ms. Chhim Chhun Hoeun ferries her pupils to and from the community preschool.
©UNICEF Cambodia/2014/Hun Sovadhanak

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Cambodian community preschool teacher fulfils her dream

By Kong Vanny

KAMPONG CHAM, Cambodia, 4 February 2015 - Yuth Sreymom (34) never thought she would get the chance to be a teacher. “Since I was young, I had a dream to be a primary school or lower secondary school teacher but my dream was not [going to ] come true because I studied only to grade 8 at lower secondary school at Koh Sothin district,” says, Sreymom.

Community preschool teacher, Yuth Sreymom, teaches a student how to write her numbers.
©UNICEF Cambodia/2014/Kong Vanny

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Antenatal care services provided in remote and hard-to-access villages in Cambodia

 By Ponlok Leng

RATANAKIRI, Cambodia, 27 January 2015 – There was a time when few pregnant women in Lamoeuy village, northern Cambodia, received antenatal care services from the Voeunsai Health Centre 20 kilometres away.

Mr. Saly (right) a member of the health outreach team, provides vaccinations to children in Lamoeuy village, north-east Cambodia.
© UNICEF Cambodia/2014/Ponlok Leng
Lamoeuy is a Kavait ethnic minority village located approximately 71 kilometres from the provincial town. All this changed in 2013, when - with UNICEF support – the health centre launched a health outreach team.  As a result, last year, about one-third of the pregnant women received antenatal care at least once.