Maternal and child health in Cambodia
Yesterday I visited the Australian-funded Midwifery Education Project at the Technical School for Midwifery Care in Phnom Penh with the Cambodian Minister for Health, H.E. Mam Bunheng.
We discussed Australia’s assistance to the Cambodian health sector and Cambodia’s success in addressing maternal and child health.
Cambodia has made impressive progress in reducing maternal and child deaths. In just five years, from 2005 to 2010, the maternal mortality rate has been halved.
With Australian support, more births in Cambodia are now attended by trained health staff.
In 2006, around 40 percent of births were attended by trained staff.
By 2010, it was around 70 percent.
Australia’s efforts, including those of non-government organisations, like Australian Volunteers International, are making a big difference.