|© UNICEF Cambodia/2015/Kong Vanny|
Tong Soun (first right) with her 4-month-old baby in Kouk village, Ratanakiri province.
Under the shade of a large tree, Tong Soun carries her 4-month-old baby in a colourful shawl. They live in the remote village of Kouk, 620 kilometres from Phnom Penh in the distant north-eastern province of Ratanakiri.
Kouk village is located in the rural district of Ou Chum, where access to health services is extremely limited, especially for expecting mothers. Aside from limited services, many people in Ratanakiri maintain the belief that traditional birth attendants, who usually have not received formal medical training, are a better option than skilled midwives in a hospital or health centre.