Category Archives: EMBRACE Stories

Opening of new Delivery/ Waiting Room and new Health Center_29 November 2018

Opening of new Delivery/ Waiting Rooms and new Health Center

EMBRACE team celebrated Midwifery Day “Midwife provides quality care”!

Press Release
Midwifery Day
By Project EMBRACE
Rovieng District, Preah Vihear Province
May 24, 2018
On May 24, 2018, members of ADRA Cambodia’s EMBRACE team conducted an awareness meeting on Midwife’s Day on the topic of “Midwife provides Quality Care”. The event was conducted to raise awareness and improve knowledge of women and villagers​​ on other problems pre and post birth deliveries and to encourage husbands to bring their wives to help on deliveries at health centers. The session was held in cooperation with the Provincial Health Department, Operational District and the local authorities in Chey Sen district, Preah Vihear province.

This was a live on air program event. We were able to broadcast live to local Phnom Tbeng Radio 97.3MHz, in which we open questions for participants to ask guest speakers to answer as much as possible.

Over 300 people including children, women, men, female and male youth participated.

Mr. Tith Sokham, deputy district governor of Chey Sen District who presented as a chairperson for the event, addressed to all participants to focusing on caring mothers and child health specifically
Antenatal care (ANC) and Postnatal Care (PNC).

Ms. Muy Chanmoly, representative of midwives from provincial department gave a provincial health reports and provided some advices to mothers, fathers, also students to take care health by encouraging and bringing their wives, mothers, and sisters to closer health centers and hospitals. 

Ms. Naung Sotheavy, representative of midvives from Tbeng Mean Chey Operational District, also provided similiar messages of health care and what danger signs that affected mother and child health. She also encouraged mothers to go to health centers and hospital even when there are no danger signs during pregnancy.


Project EMBRACE (Enhancing Mother/Newborn/Child Health in Remote Areas through Health Care and Community Engagement), is being implemented by ADRA Cambodia. It is primarily funded by Canada’s International Development – Global Affairs Canada department with support from ADRA Canada’s generous donors.




“I will definitely delivery my tenth baby at the Health Center!”

The end of last month, Sopheak, our project Monitoring & Evaluation for Learning Officer along with his partner from M’day Rik Reay Kone Rik Reay (MRKR) Veasna visited Morokot commune, Choam Ksant district in Preah Vihear province and met this family. They were able to sit and spend some times with the family asking about her life and family. Here is a short story of the woman they met:


The woman’s name is Mrs. SAMOEUN, married to a man who is a soldier at the border (a majority of the families living in the community are soldier families)! “I have had ten children including the one in my tummy because I’m now eight months pregnant.” SAMOEUN said. “But I now only have six children including the one in my tummy because my other 4 kids had passed away.” she mentioned when asked about her children’s names and their ages.  When asking about how they died, she told that she wasn’t sure. The babies were too young, but she said maybe because of the Measles. One of her kids who died was one month old. And there were no health centers nearby. She continued that she never got to deliver all her babies at the Health Centers. But for this tenth child, she is planning to go to the health center to deliver her baby to seek a better health care.


SAMOEUN has been participating with EMBRACE Project for about 12 months now! She has actively joined the Reflect Circle Group discussion meetings and has learned quite a lot of knowledge, especially about nutrition and pregnancy women care. She has visited a few times already to a health center and has been taking the iron tablet, eating good nutritious food to make herself and her child healthy, which she has learned through the group meeting. After joining with the project, she has hoped she would learn more and improve her family to be healthy. She is hopeful that her child would be born healthy! “And I also wish ADRA and the supporters to be healthy and be successful in all they do.” She thanked us 
Story collected by: EMBRACE Project team (Sok Sopheak, Veasna_MRKR)
Learn more about the project and the story on the Blog!

Project EMBRACE Agents of Change completed their trip!

Here they are back at our office in Phnom Penh, the project EMBRACE Agents of Change after their two-weeks trip at our project EMBRACE sites in Kampong Thom and Preah Vihear learning about global maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) and nutrition issues. Upon their return to Canada, the Project EMBRACE Agents of Change will work with ADRA Canada to use their new awareness and knowledge to engage their communities in increasing awareness of global MNCH and nutrition issues.

“The AoC Study Tour is part of EMBRACE, a maternal and child health project led by ADRA Canada and primarily funded by Canada’s International Development – Global Affairs Canada.”