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Our EMBRACE Project Agents of Change (AoCs) are On TV!

Our Project EMBRACE Agents of Change (AoCs) are in the news!
This recent past week was World Breastfeeding Week, and our project team including Agents of Change from ADRA Canada has taken parts in the celebration. Here is the news clip that was broadcasted on the National TV. Check it out!

“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.”

Press Release for World Breastfeeding Week!

On August 9, 2017, our project EMBRACE (Enhancing Mother/Newborn/Child Health in Remote Areas through Health Care and Community Engagement), the project led by ADRA Canada, and funded by the Government of Canada, through its agency, Global Affairs Canada, has celebrated World Breastfeeding Week cooperated with Provincial Health Department and the local authority in Sandan district, Kampong Thom province. The event was conducted to raise the awareness to the community about the importance of breastfeeding after there has been report from specialized institution stating that the percentage of exclusive breastfeeding in Cambodia was dropped significantly from 2010-2015. The topic for this year World Breastfeeding Week is: “We together promote breastfeeding for the better future of our children.”

Mr. Roth Rumnea, the EMBRACE project Manager of ADRA Cambodia said that we are glad to be able to celebrate this important World Breastfeeding Week and he shared five key messages during the event:
            1. “We together promote breastfeeding for the better future of our children.”

            2. “Breastmilk is the best nutrition of the baby and child.”

            3. “Born right away, breastfeeding right away, make a child healthy.”

            4. “Immediate breastfeeding within the first hour after delivery save the live of the child alot.”

            5. “Breastfeed your child at least for two years and provide additional meal when the child is six months old and above.”

Mr. Long Kiseung, the governor of Sandan District mentioned about the report of Cambodia Demographic and Health Survey 2014 that shows the practice of complementary and exclusive breastfeeding has dropped from 73.5% in 2010 to 64.6% in 2014. The percentage of immediate breastfeeding within the first hour after delivery and the continuous breastfeeding until the child is 12 months was found dropped from 65.3% to 62.6% and from 83% to 80% respectively. In addition, providing additional food before the right age of the child was increased significantly both in urban and rural areas between 2010 and 2014. He stated that seeing this report of this decreased percentage we have to put in first priority to improve the practice of exclusive breastfeeding in the country to be better. At the same time, we have also found some reasons that caused the drop of the breastfeeding habits such as migration, lack of knowledge and understanding about the importance of breastfeeding, old habits and tradition, lack of support from family members, and the increase of the promotion of baby milk formula sale instead of breastfeeding.

Seeing this decrease in breastfeeding, the Ministry of Health through its National Nutrition Program supported by development partners HKI, Unicef MTI FHI36 Alive, Thrive, Save the Children, and World Vision Cambodia working together to initiate celebrating World Breastfeeding Week again from 2015. In 2017, the National Nutrition program of Ministry of Health collaborated with HKI and relevant development partners launch the celebration of World Breastfeeding Week under the topic: “We together promote breastfeeding for the better future of our children.”

This event was conducted for the whole morning from 7:30am until 11:30 with the participation of representatives from the Provincial Health Department, Provincial Operational Health District, District office, relevant official in Sandan district, development partners, all 3 Health Centers, Commune, Schools, students, and community members totaling 400 participants including the ADRA Canada Agents of Change.


Opening ceremony of Koki Thom Health Center

ADRA Cambodia
Opening ceremony of Koki Thom Health Center and Delivery Waiting Room
Press Release
May 26, 2017
May 25, 2017 was an exciting day for community members in Koki Thom community, Baray District, Kampong Thom province as it was the opening day of their new Health Center with a delivery and waiting Room!

When the Baray-Santuk Operational District approached ADRA Cambodia at the end of 2016 about building a Health Center, ADRA responded that there was no donor available. Then ADRA began to pray for the project. Within a few weeks Elder Ralph Watts of HELP International approached ADRA Cambodia asking if there were any needs for constructing Health Centers. This providential answer to prayer resulted in construction beginning in mid-February and the new Health Center now completed at the end of May.

A total of 868 participants joined the opening ceremony. These included H.E. Sok Lok, the provincial governor of Kampong Thom, Ralph Watts II who formerly was the ADRA International President for 15 years, and his colleagues Ralph Watts III and James Lanning all representing HELP International who have funded the construction and two more health centers to be started later this year. Also in attendance were Mark Schwisow, ADRA Cambodia Country Director, the District governor and deputy governor and officials from relevant departments as well as local authorities, the Baray-Santuk Operational district director and deputy director and Health Center chiefs, Long Keo, ADRA Cambodia

Project Manager and his colleagues, Saum Sovanny, leader of the local Adventist church, and Koki Thom community members and students.

During the opening ceremony, Long Keo, the Project manager of ADRA Cambodia’s projects in Kampong Thom, presented a summary of the construction process and all the collaborative partners who made the Health Center and Waiting/Delivery room a success. Long Keo also shared about ADRA Cambodia’s two projects in Kompong Thom. First the Baray-Santuk Nutrition for Under-2s and Mothers (BS-NUM) project in 44 villages in 9 communes of Baray and Santuk District is funded by the Canadian Food Grains Bank and ADRA Canada. This is a 50 month project that began in 2015. The program works to improve nutrition for 22,000 household members particularly women in reproduction age and boys and girls under two years. Second project, the Prasat Model Preschool, in Prasat, Chhouk Ksach commune is funded by Kindercare Learning Center and ADRA New Zealand. The project started with building a one room preschool building in 2014, then together with Room to Read Cambodia constructed a primary school building to replace the damaged primary school building at the same site in 2015. The project continues to support technical trainings and infrastructure as well as supporting nutrition education in the community coordinated through the BSNUM project.

In the ceremony, H.E. Sok Lou, Kampong Thom Provincial governor, stated that he is grateful to ADRA Cambodia and the donors who mobilized resources to build this health center including the additional delivery and waiting rooms. He appealed to the operational health district to ensure consistent high quality service for the community and to professionally maintain the building. Both ADRA Cambodia and Ralph Watts from Help International expressed similar feelings of happiness and thanks to the great cooperation from all level of government authority and relevant partners for the good activities to improve community development with responsibility and sustainability.

A community representative participating in the event expressed, “I am deeply happy for these new health services present in their community and we would like to say thank you to donors and relevant officers who made this happen.”

A hand-over document was signed between the ADRA Country Director and the Baray-Santuk Operational district director. As well new trees were planted to mark this official opening of the Health Center with deliver and waiting room along with the traditional ribbon cutting ceremony.

This Health Center with delivery and waiting room for the families of pregnant mothers is in Poun village, Koki Thom Commune, Baray district, Kampong Thom and was constructed by ADRA Cambodia for US $51,775 with financial support from HELP International that is based in the United States. With additional financial support from HELP International, ADRA Cambodia is also planning to construct two more Health Centers with delivery and waiting rooms, one in Sandan district, Kampong Thom province and another one in Choam Ksan district, Preah Vihear province.

Good news for mothers in the village

Khorn Sok Lim lives in a village 48 kilometres away from the nearest health centre. Her 2 year old daughter was born in the village because her family is poor and going to the health centre means an expensive and difficult journey. This has been the experience of most of the mothers in the village.

Sok Lim’s older friend, Keo Porng, has three children. The first two were born in the village but, for her most recent delivery, five month ago, she was able to go to the health centre in Sandan town where she was cared for by a qualified midwife. Her positive experience included a three day stay at the health centre so that the midwife could make sure she and her baby were strong enough for the journey home.

Sok Lim would like to be cared for by a qualified midwife when she is ready for a second child but  the health centre is still 48 kilometres away.

However, ADRA Cambodia, M’day Reak Reay Kone Reak Reay (MRKR) and the Ministry of Health are working together to build and equip a health centre to serve the village. Welcome news for all mothers in the village.