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.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Screening to treat child malnutrition in Cambodia’s urban poor communities

By Samoeurn Un and Arnaud Laillou

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, 23 January 2015 - Phalla Sophy, aged 10 months, is one of five brothers who lives in his grandmother’s make-shift house in Sangkat Deum Tkov: one of 120 urban settlements in Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh. During a recent UNICEF-supported nutrition screening of over 4,000 children under 5 years old in the settlements, Sophy was found to be malnourished. His cousin Lon Samthida, a 7 month old girl, who lives in the same house, was identified as severely malnourished.

Phalla Sophy, 10 months of age, being screened for malnutrition in Sangkat Deum Tkov, one of 120 urban settlements in Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh.
© UNICEF Cambodia/2014/Arnaud Laillou

Friday, January 9, 2015

Cambodian public-private partnership provides safe piped water in arsenic-affected community

By Bunly Meas

KANDAL, Cambodia, 09 January 2015 - In arsenic-affected Kampong Kong commune in Kandal province, Cambodia, it has taken many years to get the community to understand the risks of drinking contaminated well water and find safe alternatives. 

Spearheading these efforts for more than 10 years is 63-year-old Commune Chief, Teagn Heang. “It is invisible with no taste, colour or smell,” Heang said. “There is real evidence of death and sickness. People feel scared and stop using water from the affected wells.”

© UNICEF Cambodia/2014/ Meas Bunly: Most pumping wells in the commune are arsenic-affected and authority marked them read to warn villagers not to use them.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Saving babies’ lives in remote Cambodia

By Anne-Sophie Galli

© UNICEF Cambodia/2014/Anne-Sophie Galli
“Giving birth is like crossing a river.” Many Cambodians consider giving birth the most dangerous moment in a woman’s life
KRATIE, Cambodia, 25 December 2014 – It was the middle of the night when Ol Sary Sol felt strong contractions. All preparations had been made, so with her husband, mother and uncle, they rushed onto their motorbike and into the darkness heading for the health centre in the next town, more than an hour away. Twenty-four year old Ol Sary Sol was afraid that she might give birth too soon – in the dense forest or on the dusty road where she could get bitten by a snake. But then the pain took over. The next thing she remembers is a midwife holding up her newborn son. “So we made it!” said Ol Sary Sol.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Cambodia: a better education for every child?

By Martina Tomassini

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, 12 December 2014 — Twenty-five years ago, children’s rights were acknowledged for the first time around the world with the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of CRC, we look at the progress that Cambodia has achieved in education. Channra Chum, Education Specialist at UNICEF Cambodia since 2004, helps us understand what has changed and what still needs to change to ensure all children in Cambodia receive a quality education.

© UNICEF Cambodia/2014/Nhean Sroeung 
Channra Chum with students at Damnak Kantuot Primary School in Kampong Trach, Kampot province.  Channra visited this school earlier in 2014 with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (MoEYS) and the Swedish Embassy to monitor how funds have been used to improve teaching supporting the most vulnerable children, including children with disabilities and children from poor households.