ABOUT WOMEN’S HEALTH CAMBODIA

Women’s Health Cambodia (WHC) is an NGO working in regional Cambodia with health centres and villages. Working with the Cambodian Department of Health, Women’s Health Cambodia equips and staffs a network of regional health centres in and around Takeo, a town south of Phnom Penh.

Registered as a charity in 2011, Women’s Health Cambodia is run by a team of local Cambodian midwives, providing prenatal care, general health services, midwifery birthing care as well as post natal care.

Cambodian women and children

Health issues and life expectancy

Sexually transmitted infections, unwanted pregnancy, mental illness and injury after assault are some of the health problems faced by this group. Right now the average life expectancy for a Cambodian male is around 47 years of age, while a woman’s average life expectancy is 45 years of age.

Maternal and infant mortality

1 in 8 babies will die before they reach their fifth birthday – most of these deaths could be prevented with better nutrition, immunisation and sanitation.

45 babies in every 1000 live births die in pregnancy or childbirth. Babies whose mothers receive some form of antenatal care during pregnancy are twice as likely to survive than those who receive no care at all.

Globally there are 430 maternal deaths in every 100,000 live births. In Cambodia 437 women die in every 100,000 live births.

The majority of maternity related deaths are preventable when trained antenatal, birth and postnatal care is available.

Abortions

As women are unable to say no to their husbands regarding sex, and almost nobody wears a condom, unwanted pregnancies are too common. Sadly, this contributes to up to 25% of all maternal deaths.

Prenatal care

Only 45% of Cambodian women receive any health care during pregnancy. And just 2 in 5 of these women have access to trained health care providers (nurses, qualified midwives or doctors). For the rest, untrained traditional midwifery or no care at all is the norm.

Aims

  • Reduce the rates of maternal and infant mortality and morbidity
  • Address gender issues within communities
  • Maintain sustainability of our projects
  • Support the community in their own goals
  • Enhance the lives of villagers under their own direction

Projects

  • Training for midwives
  • Health care centres
  • Tuk tuk transport
  • Toilets
  • Clean water
  • Fresh food
  • Sanitary pads
  • Shelters
  • Schools and orphanage
  • Employment
  • Alcoholism and domestic violence program

 

http://www.womenshealthcambodia.org/

http://www.lifeoptions.asia/

Denise Love

World Health Organisation’s information on Cambodia

 

 

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