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Seventy of the More Than 900 Health Centers Do Not Have Midwives – Tuesday, 21.10.2008

Posted on 22 October 2008. Filed under: Week 583 |

The Mirror, Vol. 12, No. 583

“Phnom Penh: While the number of midwives is still a priority concern to reduce maternal and child mortality, Dr. Mam Bunheng, the Minister of Health, has set it as a priority to increase the number of midwives, and to install electricity at all referral hospitals and health centers countrywide.

“During a meeting at the Intercontinental Hotel with the heads of the [provincial] Departments of Health from all over the country, and with partners in development late last week, the Minister of Health said that during this fourth term of government, the priority for health care is to deploy midwives to all health centers around the country. He added that to have midwives assigned at all health centers is fundamental, because if women, who come to give birth to their babies, are assisted by midwives who have been trained properly, this will contribute to reduce maternal and child mortality. Dr. Mam Bunheng went on to say that to deploy midwives cannot be done by just following some easy ideas, adding, ‘To deploy midwives requires to consider the strengthening of the health care infrastructure, especially the budgetary requirements, therefore I would like to request all development partners to help support this work.’

“Together with the general work for maternal and child health as a major problem, the Minister also encouraged to regularly conduct three pre-natal examinations for pregnant women, to build up sufficient human resources, to reviews procedures for the time before and after giving birth, to prepare the foundation to send pregnant women to health centers when it is time to give birth, to award a midwife Riel 60,000 [approx. US$15] after assisting a birth to a baby safely at a health center, and Riel 40,000 [approx. US$10] for midwives at referral hospitals.

“Mr. My Sambo, the director of the Department of Personnel of the Ministry of Health, said that at present, we have 3,113 midwives, but this number cannot meet the needs of the 900 health centers countrywide. Now, 70 health centers do not have a midwife. He continued to say that normally, one health center needs two midwives, where one is the primary midwife and the other is an assistant midwife. According to the director of the Department of Personnel, each year, Cambodia needs around 400 new midwives, that means that from 2009 to 2015 we need 2,489 [??] midwives.

“With the present maternal and child mortality rate, it is not possible for the Ministry to achieve the UN Millennium Development Goals. Professor Kum Kanal, the director of the National Mother and Child Health Center, pointed out that the rate of maternal and child mortality has not declined, that is, 472 out of 100,000 infants being born die. However, the mortality rate of children under the age of one year declined from 95 to 66 among 1,000 children, while the mortality rate of children under the age of five declined from 124 to 83 among 1,000 children.

“Regarding the reasons for maternal mortality when giving birth, Mr. Kanal explained that the major reasons are loss of blood, other cause of diseases, postpartum fever, and giving birth assisted by traditional midwives without proper training, which still is the case in 50% of births given in the country – mostly in rural areas.

“Together with the goal to improve the health infrastructure, Dr. Mam Bunheng encouraged all health centers and referral hospitals to create access to electricity, and he encouraged the citizens to practice birth spacing, which also contributes to reduce maternal and child mortality.” Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4721, 21.10.2008


The UN Millennium Development Goals are eight goals to be achieved by 2015 that respond to the world’s main development challenges – three are concerned especially with the situation of women:

Goal 3: Promote gender equality and empower women
Goal 4: Reduce child mortality
Goal 5: Improve maternal health

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Tuesday, 21 October 2008

Chakraval, Vol.16, #2820, 21.10.2008

  • Law Enforcement Is Not Very Efficient, because of the Influence of Money and Power

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1773, 21.10.2008

  • Siamese [Thai] Army Commander Ordered Khmer Army Commander to Remove Border Marker at Phnom Da [but the Cambodian side did not agree – Veal Veng, Pursat]
  • General Sin Pinsen and a Parliamentarian from Pailin Died on the Same Day [20 October 2008 – General Sin Pinsen died from a stomach ailment in Phnom Penh, while Mr. Sam San died of high blood pressure]
  • Dangkao Governor [55] Drove a Car and Hit a Motorbike, Causing One Death and Seriously Injuring Another Person [Daun Penh, Phnom Penh]
  • Poipet Residents Return Home [after a clash between Cambodia and Thailand, which frightened them]

Khmer Sthapana, Vol.1, #122, 21.10.2008

  • People in the Khmer General Public Do Not Believe that a Meeting Between Somchai Wongsawat and Samdech Dekchor Hun Sen Will Achieve Good Results
  • The National Election Committee Destroys [more than ten million] Ballots Used during the Elections in 2003

Koh Santepheap, Vol.41, #6478, 21.10.2008

  • European Tourists Leave from Bangkok to Cambodia, Being Annoyed with Internal Disputes in Siam [Thailand]; a Meeting Between Cambodia and Thailand Is Planned to Be Held in Siem Reap This Week

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.15, #3593, 21.10.2008

  • The Shukaku Inc. Cut off Electricity and Water from the Boeng Kak Residents as a Threat towards Eviction
  • The Cambodia Human Rights Action Committee Asks the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia [the Khmer Rouge Tribunal] to Pay More Attention to the Victims’ Rights

Pracheachun Khmer, Vol.2, #47, 20-25.10.2008

  • Nobody Thinks that the Cambodian Police Is Not Competent to Arrest [Ms.] Chea Ratha [a former police officer who was involved in an acid attack on the aunt of Ms. In Soklida, an actress]

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4721, 21.10.2008

  • Seventy of the More Than 900 Health Centers Do Not Have Midwives
  • [US] FBI Will Continue to Help, while Korea Will Keep on Assisting Cambodia to Control Drugs
  • English Investors Will Come to Cambodia, but Their Arrivals Seems to be Late [compared to other countries like South Korea, China, and France – according to Mr. Senaka Fernando, chairperson of the British Business Association of Cambodia]
  • Lightning Killed Two People and Injured One, and also One Cow [Kompong Speu]
  • Cambodia Stock Exchange Will Be Created as Planed, not later than 2009 [according to Minister of Economic and Finance Mr. Keat Chhon]

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