There two realities in rural Cambodia. Villages have dual chronic needs: improve health and wellbeing, and reduce inter-generational poverty. These populations tend to be water-, food- and energy-insecure; exhibit multi-faceted poor health among all age groups; lack education inter-generationally; own few or no assets; have limited alternative livelihood prospects; are socially-isolated. Khmer village-settings are located where many societal safety nets are patchy, frayed or missing entirely. These, in turn, compete with other public spending needs across developing Cambodia. It should be noted, for all practical purposes, Cambodia has been hard at nation-building for approximately two decades, following the devastations of 1969-1999.
Women are the bedrock of a healthy, vibrant world. When a Khmer woman survives pregnancy and childbirth, she and her baby, her family and their entire village blossom. The Maternal and Child Assistance Program demonstrates the power of partners to improve maternal and child health in remote, chronically-poor Cambodian hamlets. Here, organizations collaborate and share the common goal of ending preventable maternal and child deaths in Khmer rural settings. It is a look to the future through the eyes of Khmer mothers and their babies in need.
The health challenges range from improving maternal and child mortality rates through traditional and non-traditional sources, introducing transformative health practices which affect high-risk populations living in rural environments, maintaining nutritional diets within the villages, accessing potable water for everyday family needs, initiating proper human waste disposal treatment systems, using affordable renewable energies to support the use of refrigeration in hamlets, and improving economic security of village families.
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