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The Preschool Brings Opportunity to Rann

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Rann Ry was abandoned as a child. He is 5 years and has an older sister and an older brother.  Rann’s father migrated to Thailand many years ago and has had no contact.  Rann’s mother went to work as a garment worker at Phnom Penh and no one has heard from her during the last five years.

Rann’s foster mother, an old lady who lives in palm thatch roofed house with palm leaf walls says “Rann’s parents broke-up in Thailand and his mother brought him and his two siblings here then went away to look for a job at Phnom Penh. She has never come back since then. I asked many people about his parents, but there is no one has any information. I am not his grandmother, but I commiserate with him. So I decided to raise him. I am not rich; however, I can raise him. I have brought him up since he was a baby. He has two siblings and other neighbors look after them, they decide to care for one each.” She continued, “If one day his parents come back and get him, I am happy to give him to the parents. But sometimes I don’t want to lose him. I love him. I think their parents may have abandoned them for good because it has been about 5 years till now.” The foster mother continued with a deep breath “Rann is one of our Toul Thmear kids who has bad luck, receiving no care from his parents since he was a baby. His parents left him alone and I am thankful for the other neighbors help to bring up the other two.

One day Rann and his brother went to visit the Tuol Thmear Community Preschool. They did not dare to ask the other kids to play with them. They just stood and looked at other kids playing. Seeing them in dirty pants without shirt and sandals, the Preschool teacher, Srey Pov, asked him “Where is your home?”  Rann replied, “it is over there!” Srey Pov took him near the water faucet and cleaned him up. And then she let him sit down in the classroom with the other preschool students.

Rann came to school every day. He came for both morning and afternoon sessions. The teacher said “Rann, you can choose to come only one session – either morning or afternoon session. But he still came for both sessions. “That is ok if you want to come for both,” the teacher said. After a few days, Rann’s foster brother came to find him at preschool. He talked to the teacher, “I searched for Rann for many days now as I didn’t know where he went after breakfast and lunch. Now I know he comes here. I was afraid to lose him. ” He continued “Could you please let him study and play here?”  “Yes! I agree for him to be a student.” Srey Pov replied.

“Rann goes to school every day now. He is becoming more calm and obedient. He always listens to the teacher while she is teaching. He has learned to respect,” says his teacher.

Rann’s foster mother is very elated to know that the Toul Thmear Community Preschool is bringing education to Rann. She says, “I hope that one day he can read and write.” Now she feels he is respectful and can sing a song about hygiene very well.

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Securing Mothers’ and Infants’ Lives with Equity (SMILE) Project Results and Documentation of Lessons Learned Workshop

On June 29, 2015, Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Cambodia, with financial support from the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) and ADRA Canada, conducted a workshop on the Securing Mothers’ and Infants’ Lives with Equity (SMILE) Project Results and Documentation of Lessons Learned.

The SMILE Project was implemented from January 2012 to June 2015 and has been jointly implemented by ADRA Canada and local counterparts ADRA Cambodia and M’day Reakreay Kone Reakreay with technical support from Hincks-Dellcrest and in close cooperation with the Ministries of Health, Ministry of Education Youth and Sport, Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries and community partners. The SMILE project has worked to improve the facilities, human resources, and systems of Preah Vihear health services and empower communities to improve the nutritional and health status of women and children U5 through use of community Mother-Child Health Groups.

Over the period of three and a half year, the SMILE project has contributed to Royal Government of Cambodia’s strategy to reduce mortality of mothers and children under-five nationally as well as specifically in the Chieb, Chey Sen and Rovieng districts of the Preah Vihear Province, Cambodia through the following outcomes and key activities:

  1. More equal participation in improved health care practices by mothers, women of reproductive age and other female and male caregivers relating to Reproductive Health and Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI). The SMILE project supported the establishment of 534 Mother Child Health Groups through training 26 Commune Health Supervisors, over 400 female and male Village Health Support Group Facilitators and assistants in gender-sensitive behavior change facilitation, leadership, literacy, communication and early childhood development. The project developed over 50 key messages and pictorial learning materials on maternal and child nutrition, health care and access, water, hygiene and sanitation, safe environments, early childhood development, literacy and other topics. The Mother Child Health Group members participated in meetings and campaigns where they discussed and analyzed relevant issues through participatory activities which built personal and community awareness and action on health and environment issues. Water filters and latrines were also promoted within communities.
  2. Improved capacity of health care providers (F&M) and Traditional Birth Attendants (TBA) to provide reproductive and IMCI quality health services. The SMILE project supported trainings in IMCI to local Health Center staff and the improved health facilities and systems supporting health care provision. Eight delivery and waiting rooms were constructed at existing health centers and health posts and 13 Health Centers and Health Post were equipped with essential mother and child health service equipment including wells, latrines and waste incinerator infrastructure. The project trained and coached health center midwives and trained traditional birth attendants establishing Midwife-Traditional Birth Attendant alliances supported by their local commune councils.
  3. Increased consumption of micronutrients and protein rich foods by girls and boys under 5, mothers, pregnant women and other Women of Reproduction Age (15-49).

The SMILE project conducted child nutritional behavior change and rehabilitation programs in all 80 villages for malnourished girls and boys U5 were conducted using growth monitoring and the Positive Deviance Hearth model.  The project promoted the increased consumption of micronutrients for children (sprinkles) and women. Interested farmers in 80 villages increase consumption of nutritious vegetables through home gardening training and support of seeds, seedlings, equipment and other resources.

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Preliminary evaluation results presented showed that the project was very relevant to the women, men, girls and boys in the target area. Aligning with the sustainability actions presented, the evaluation team noted that the SMILE project worked with the MOH structure toward the MOH goals of increasing delivery of skilled birth attendants at the health facility and strengthened capacity of midwives. The waiting and delivery rooms built at health facilities are long term and the equity fund can support health costs for ID poor for transportation. Water filters and home gardening remain in the communities. Also noted were improved participation in decision making, consumption of vegetables grown and knowledge in gender equality, child development, reproductive health, pregnancy care, nutrition, and home gardening topics. Diarrhea of girls and boys decreased significantly. The Positive Deviant Hearth program was mentioned as an effective way to extend principles learned in training and also provides a nutritious meal for those involved.

SMILE project lessons learned discussed by participants for the three project intermediate outcomes identified Learning through Play and Early Childhood Development as very important foundations. While it was hard for many women to meet four times in a month, when programs are presented in topical unit groupings of interest, there is more interest to attend the full sessions.  Groups noted that IMCI and IFA training were successful and should be continued. There was a lot of interest in PD Hearth and maybe sprinkles can be improved by a local micronutrient option.

The workshop was presided over by representatives from National Maternal and Child Health Center of the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education Youth and Sport, Preah Vihear Provincial Health Department, ADRA Canada, ADRA Cambodia and M’day Reakreay Kone Reakreay (MRKR) with National and international guests, partners and representatives from other NGOs interested in the project results, 85 persons in total.

 

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Primary School Opening Ceremony and Smoke-free Zone declaration

Siem Reap – Varin

June 16 was an exciting day for children and community members in Utey village, Lvea Krang Commune, Varin district in Siem Reap Province! It was the opening day for their new primary school building as construction was completed and a Smoke-free Zone board clearly declaring that this school is a Smoke-free Zone.

The construction on this five-classroom school building began in November 2014, after the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Cambodia accessed the real needs in the community, with a donation from ADRA Korea and the LINCOLN GN company from Korea. The opening day ceremony included an official transfer of the building to the commune and authorities and declared the school to be a Smoke-free Zone.

Mr. Ken Chamroeun, ADRA Cambodia Nutrition for All project (a Canadian funded project) manager, based in Varin District, explained that before this school was built, children had to travel about 3 kilometers away from home to attend school because the school building in this location was falling apart. He appealed to the school committee, local authorities, teachers and parents to send their children to school regularly and to take good care of this school so it could serve them a long time.  The donor from Korea, Mr. Park Gyung Nam, shared that that God loves us so much and this school shows God’s as He touched his hearts to contribute and show God’s love to others. It is this love that has made this school for the children in this village to grow in knowledge here in their own community.

Mr. Ly Bunna, deputy of Provincial Department of Education Youth and Sports, expressed his happiness at seeing collaboration between local authorities and ADRA for this big achievement for the young generation. He also expressed appreciated to the donors and school leaders which worked very hard to make this building a reality. Mr. Neak Narun, Varin district governor, added that this school building responds to the national strategy to reduce illiteracy and poverty as stated in the Millennium Development Goals of Cambodia. He expressed appreciated to ADRA and donors for the supporting this school from his heart and wishes God’s blessing on everyone working and serving for the communities.

Mr. Mark Schwisow , ADRA Cambodia Country Director, linked a healthy life style to better learning. He pointed to tobacco as a diseases which destroys our bodies whether we are the smoker or suffer from second hand smoke. He added that the Ministry of Education Youth and Sports of Cambodia had recognized and authorized smoke free regulations for their school grounds for fifteen years already. Finally, he declared that this school to be a smoke free zone, a peaceful place where healthy young children can become good men and women.

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The NEW school

1. the new school 2. Opening ceremony of new school_final ribbon cut by Mr. Neak Narun (Varin District governor) 3. a group photo infront of the new gate of the new school with a smoke-free zone board

 

 

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DFATD – Securing Mothers’ and Infants’ Lives with Equity

Phnom Penh, 12 June, 2014. – In order to achieve the MDGs – improving maternal and child health, the Adventist Development Relief Agency (ADRA) with the financial support from the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) is running a three and a half year project to address the health needs of 70,455 underserved women and children under 5 (U5) in Preah Vihear (PVH) province in northern Cambodia.

The Securing Mothers’ and Infants’ Lives with Equity (SMILE) Project is jointly implemented by ADRA Canada and local counterparts ADRA Cambodia and partner implementer, M’day Reakreay Kone Reakreay (MRKR), Hincks-Dellcrest and in close cooperation with the Ministries of Health, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and community partners. It works to improve the facilities, human resources, and systems of PVH health services and empower communities to improve the nutritional and health status of women and children U5 through community Mother-Child Health Groups.

In June 2014, at the completion of the fifth semester of the project, two delivery/waiting rooms have been completed and are being opened at Chhnoun Health Center and Kunpheap Health Post. These are the last 2 of 8 that have been completed according to the plan. To date 7 Health Centers and 6 Health Posts have received medical equipment and supplies to help improve ANC and delivery at the facilities including 8 latrines, 8 water tanks, 1 wells and 5 solar panels installed. “As well as health system strengthening, this project is working participatory with women and men in 80 communities to address nutritional improvements and reducing the burden of disease killing mothers and children,” said Mr. Mark Schwisow of ADRA Cambodia. “It is working through gender focused interventions at the community level including setting up village transport schemes, distributing micronutrients and conducting nutrition education rehabilitation sessions that are addressing many of the root causes contributing to the problems.”

The total budget for the project, which runs from 10 January 2012 to 30 September 2015, is CAD2,465,066, which CAD1,988,099 (approx.USD1,888,694) is funded by the Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada and ADRA Canada contributing the additional CAD$662,700.

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ADRA Cambodia Celebrates World No Tobacco Day 2014 with a focus on Saving the Lives of Mothers and Children

article0023_image001The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Cambodia celebrated World No Tobacco Day 2014 in two provinces, Siem Reap on May 27 and Preah Vihear on May 29. The theme for this year was “Raise taxes on tobacco and save lives.”

Under the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC), Cambodia should implement tax and price policies on tobacco products as a way to reduce tobacco consumption. Research shows that a tax increase that increases tobacco prices by 10% decreases tobacco consumption by up to 8% in most low- and middle-income countries like Cambodia. A tobacco tax is an effective way to save many innocent lives.

article0023_image002The World Health Report 2010 indicated that a 50% increase in tobacco excise taxes would generate a little more than US$ 1.4 billion in additional funds in 22 low-income countries. If allocated to health, government health spending in these countries could increase by up to 50%. Translated to the household level, this means more money for families to pay for health prevention and health care.

Varin District, Siem Reap province – On May 27, ADRA Cambodia celebrated World No Tobacco Day in Siem Reap province, the home of ancient Angkor Wat. A total of 300 participants joined in a march through Srey Noy town in Varin District, asking lawmakers to “raise taxes on tobacco and save lives” and appealing to community members to stop wasting their money on tobacco products that destroy their health. Participants, including students, teachers, health center staff, village and commune facilitators, policemen and local authorities, carried banners displaying this.

article0023_image003 WHO’s 2014 World No Tobacco Day theme worldwide and chanted slogans. They wore t-shirts and distributed leaflets and posters with messages about how tobacco destroys lives, even from second hand smoke, and how tobacco destroys families’ livelihoods, especially those in the rural community. The same messages are being shared throughout 34 villages in Varin district where the ADRA Nutrition for All project works through over a hundred village facilitators.

article0023_image004Mr. Se Savuth, the vice district governor of Varin, stated in his speech that he strongly supported raising taxes on tobacco to save lives. He also recognized that using tobacco really affects our health and other people around us and he urged his community members to choose a smoke free lifestyle and help others to quit. He assured people that this would reduce health problems for children from second hand smoke. He also urged parents to stop wasting their money on tobacco and use it on other things that would help their children.

article0023_image005Preah Vihear province- May 29, ADRA Cambodia celebrated World No Tobacco Day in Preah Vihear province just east of Siem Reap, also famous as home of Angkorian period temples. A total of 350 students and government workers from health, education, agriculture, women’s affairs, police, military, city hall, commune councils and village authorities joined ADRA staff in marching through the provincial capital city sharing the message of saving lives and distributing posters and leaflets.

article0023_image006Dr. Yun Soporndara, a chief of technical office of Provincial department, and as the representative of provincial health department stated that he was very proud to promote raising taxes on tobacco in Cambodia, especially in Preah Vihear pronvince. He shared thatthe global tobacco epidemic kills nearly 6 million people each year, of which more than 600 000 are non-smokers dying from breathing second-hand smoke. He spoke of raising awareness of tobacco impact to community people through all the 20 Health Centers in Preah Vihear province.

article0023_image007Mr. Roth Rumnea, the Manager of the Securing Mothers’ and Infants’ Lives with Equity (SMILE) project, shared with participants that in the Chieb, Chey San and Rovieng districts in Preah Vihear province, mothers and children in 71.2% of families live in a home where there is second hand smoke. For these families, not only will they lose money and stability from sickness, disease and death of the smoker in their home, but the mothers, children and even unborn children also have a high risk of sickness and death.

article0023_image008His Excellency Kann Vuthy, deputy provincial governor of Preah Vihear province, expressed strong support from Preah Vihear’s provincial hall to raise taxes on tobacco to save lives. He also expressed appreciation for the way that ADRA Cambodia works with the Provincial Health Department to save lives. The same messages are also being shared throughout 80 villages in Chieb, Chey San and Rovieng districts where the SMILE project works through hundreds of village facilitators. ADRA Cambodia believes that this year’s World No Tobacco Day’s campaign will help reduce the number of smokers throughout Cambodia and in the two provinces and promote a healthy life without SMOKE.

The Nutrition for All project is funded by the Canadian Food Grains Bank and ADRA Canada while the SMILE project is funded by the Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada and ADRA Canada.

CIDA – Securing Mothers’ and Infants’ Lives with Equity

Phnom Penh, 8 February, 2013. – In order to achieve the MDGs – improving maternal and child health, the Adventist Development Relief Agency (ADRA) with the financial support from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) is running a three and a half year project which sets out to address the health needs of 70,455 underserved women and children under 5 (U5) in Preah Vihear (PVH) province in northern Cambodia.

The Memo of Understanding for the Securing Mothers’ and Infants’ Lives with Equity, has been signed in March 2012 by Professor Eng Hout, Secretary of State, Ministry of Health and Mr. Mark Schwisow, Country Director of ADRA Cambodia.

The Securing Mothers’ and Infants’ Lives with Equity (SMILE) Project is jointly implemented by ADRA Canada and local counterparts ADRA Cambodia and partner implementer, M’day Reakreay Kone Reakreay (MRKR), Hincks-Dellcrest and in close cooperation with the Ministries of Health, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, Ministry of Agriculture and community partners. It works to improve the facilities, human resources, and systems of PVH health services and empower communities to improve the nutritional and health status of women and children U5 through community Mother-Child Health Groups.

In February 2013, at the completion of the first year of the project, two delivery/waiting rooms have been completed and are opening at Phnom Dek and Chrach Health Centers. “This project is working strategically with women and men to address health system strengthening, nutritional improvements and reducing the burden of disease killing mothers and children,” said Mr. Mark Schwisow of ADRA Cambodia. “It is working through gender focused interventions that will address many of the root causes contributing to the problems.

The total budget for the project, which runs from 10 January 2012 to 30 September 2015, is CAD2,465,066, which CAD1,988,099 (approx.USD1,888,694) is funded by the Canadian International Development Agency and ADRA Canada contributing the additional CAD$662,700.

For further information please call 023 880 693 or e-mail: info@adracambodia.org

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In Cambodia, ADRA distributes food to flood victims

article0021_img0128 October 2011, Phnom Penh, Cambodia Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Cambodia. High levels of rain on the upper Mekong river drainage basin along with seasonal monsoon rains within local provincial areas of Cambodia along with have caused flooding in the entire Mekong River and Tonle Sap lake basins making it the worst flooding in a decade affecting 17 out of 24 provinces. The National Committee of Disaster Management confirms that at least 247 persons have died due to flood related causes.

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Cambodia, working together with trained local partners from the Cambodia Adventist Mission in Kompong Thom province, has assisted 2,509 families with 2,099 receiving food packets including 25kg rice, noodles, canned fish, oil, salt and sugar and 410 receiving 50kgs rice. Tarpaulins have also been provided to 520 families whose shelter has been affected. Through funding from the ADRA network and the World Food Program, ADRA Cambodia is initiating additional food relief to at least 1,100 additional families in Prey Veng province in areas where no or little help has been given to date.

article0021_img02article0021_img03Urgent needs remain. Over 330,000 families, approximately 1,300,000 persons, have been affected, with over 150,000 being children under five. Many families have evacuated to higher ground to escape the floodwaters in low-lying areas. Over 405,000 hectares of ripening rice has been damaged with over 232,000 hectares of these rice crops permanently destroyed. For the majority of rural farmers, 80% of the population, loss of rice paddy means no rice to feed the family.

article0021_img04article0021_img05ADRA Cambodia and its partners continue to conduct assessments in Kompong Thom, Kratie, Prey Veng, Pursat and Siem Reap provinces where 38%, 24%, 16%, 14% and 14% of all households were affected, respectively and continues to coordinate with national and local relief efforts, actively seeking additional funds to expand its disaster response to meet needs. The waters are beginning to recede, revealing the infrastructure and rice crops that have been destroyed. The people now need much more still to reestablish their lives. Reports indicate that over 690 houses, 1,257 schools and 101 health centers were also affected.

ADRA Delivers Water to Displaced Persons after Border Fighting in Preah Vihear Province, Cambodia

article20_img001When the call came to provide water for Cambodian persons displaced because of border fighting near the north central border with Thailand on February 10, 2011, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) was there. ADRA assisted over 2,488 families, all who were at the internally displaced persons camp in Tmei Commune, Preah Vihear province,by drilling three deep water wells and distributing 1,200 locally produced ceramic water filters.

article20_img002The dispute between Cambodia and Thailand over the temple land resulted in several days of fighting from February 4 to 9 including some significant shelling deeper into both countries up to 20kms. After a reported 8 persons died, and 89 were wounded, up to 30,000 persons quickly moved away from the border. In Cambodia some moved up to 50-100 kms in two provinces, Preah Vihear and Siem Reap. While the two heavily armed militaries are ranged against each other on and around the 4.6-sq km (1130 acres) stretch of disputed land, the situation remains tense, although less so after UN negotiations begin on February 14 at the UN which resulted in the UN calling for a truce.

article20_img003As of February 15, 2,416 families remain in an internally displaced persons camp in Tmei Commune, Preah Vihear province. Discussions with the Preah Vihear governor’s office and related authorities indicate that if things remain calm, perhaps most of the families will return home soon. If fighting continues, the majority, who are new immigrants or families of soldiers, may move to home provinces to stay with family members.

When it became apparent that the situation was sustained thorough an assessment conducted of small encampments of refuges over February 9 and 10, water was identified as the key unmet need. Initial responses included providing bottled water and bringing water in trucks to fill hastily installed tanks for limited sanitation needs; however, it was not enough. Based on requests by the government and in agreement with other non government organizations helping in the emergency response, ADRA Cambodia, together with ADRA International and ADRA Asia, was able to initiate a pre-planned intervention in potable water.

article20_img004Since ADRA Cambodia has been working in the Preah Vihear since 2002 and is operating a water, sanitation and agriculture project office about 100 km from the disputed area, including operating a PAT 301 drill rig which bores wells up to 50 meters deep, ADRA was uniquely qualified to meet this need. Prior to the fighting the ADRA drill rig was working at a sight only 30 kms from the internally displaced persons camp which the government set up to receive all refugees in Preah Vihear province. At the first well site on February 13 the drill, boring in solid rock, hit a large source of water able to provide immediately for over two thirds of the camp needs. Then on February 15 and 16 two additional wells were drilled, providing sufficient water for health and hygiene needs of the entire camp. Water filters were distributed as part of the package to provide pure drinking water. ADRA coordinated with the Preah Vihear Governors office, Caritas and World Vision who worked together at the internally displaced persons camp. Cambodia Adventist Mission church members volunteered and worked with ADRA staff in the distribution. The total cost of the response was valued at $15,000.

Cambodia Celebrated World No Tobacco Day on May 31, 2010

article019_001The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Cambodia along with the Ministry of Health, World Health Organization (WHO), the Cambodian Movement for Health and other government and local partners promoted the celebration of World No Tobacco Day 2010 on May 31. The WHO theme for this year was Gender and Tobacco with an emphasis on marketing to women. Multiple events were jointly conducted including two nationally broadcast radio program, a National TV program including guests from the Ministry of

Health, Ministry of Education Youth and Sports, Ministry of Women’s Affairs, and a mass media Press Conference. The culminating event was the joint Celebration of World No Tobacco Day 2010 and presentation of the WHO World No Tobacco Day award to Her Excellency Men Sam An, Deputy Prime Minister of the Royal Government of Cambodia held on May 31 at the Ministry of Health. This celebration was supported by the presence of the Minister for Health, Minister of Women’s Affairs, and other Secretaries of State and senior government staff. Speeches, reports and a drama were presented underscoring the deceitful tactics of the tobacco industry to lure young women and youth into addiction to cigarettes.

His Excellency Dr. Morm Bunheng, Minister of Health, stated that under his leadership, Prime Minster Hun Sen is focusing on promoting the health of the Cambodian people. He stated that reducing health risks to the poor is one factor for which he is concerned as it most affects the poorest. He mentioned that this event could not happen without support from all partner non government organizations and they are working with the ministries to prepare the draft Tobacco Control Law for approval by the Council of Ministers and passage by the National Assembly. To support Tobacco Control, the Cambodia government and National Assembly have to work together to pass the drafted Tobacco Control Law as the law can benefit both the government to receive more taxes and the general public who can be free from smoking cigarettes.

Her Excellency Eng Kunthapavy, Minister of Women’s Affairs, stated that as Cambodia remains a low income developing country, opportunities for people to receive quality health messages are still very low, unlike in developed countries. “Gender” equality and rights are one of the primarily concerns of the majority of Cambodian women living with husbands who smoke cigarettes. Media, such as television and radio, are useful tools for the tobacco company for product advertising. Therefore she proposed to Her Excellency Dr. Morm Bunheng and His Excellency Men Samorn to allow the Ministry of Women’s Affairs to be part of drafting and ratifying the Tobacco Control Law to ban all forms to tobacco advertising.

More than 250 participants applauded the Deputy Prime Minister as she expressed support of the tobacco control law and her long term promotion of the rights of women and children through her influential roles within the government. Upon receiving the award Her Excellency Men Samorn stated on behalf of herself and the people of Cambodia, that she was very pleased and honored to receive the World No Tobacco Day Award recognition and pledged to help to move forward the draft of Tobacco Control Law and other regulation for adoption in the near future.

ADRA Cambodia and the other Tobacco Control partners were pleased with the success of the World No Tobacco Day 2010 events and hope that key policy and law makers will ensure the Cambodian Governments compliance with its commitment to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control ratified in 2005 through adopting an immediate comprehensive ban on all tobacco advertising.

ADRA Cambodia’s Tobacco or Health program is funded by the Canadian International Development Agency through ADRA Canada in the Cambodian Action for Policy on Smoking and Health project.