Cambodia has made remarkable progress in reducing maternal and child mortality.
— Dr. Mam Bunheng,
Minister of Health, Cambodia
The Ministry of Health of Cambodia launched a strategic health plan with a special initiative on reducing maternal mortality that focused on improving four key care components and three enabling environment components. The goal was to increase both the supply and demand side of health care over the course of ten years.
The Resolve Award
The Resolve Award celebrates country-level, public sector leadership in driving innovations in reproductive health policy development, service delivery, and financing mechanisms. The Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health (GLC) recognizes national governments for their leadership and for serving as the hub around which civil society, the private sector, donors, and so many others engage.
The GLC honored Cambodia with the 2014 Resolve Award Special Mention for reducing maternal deaths through increased funding for health facilities and training midwives. The Ministry of Health allocated more funds into expanding public infrastructure and the health care network. The number of 24-hour emergency, obstetric, and neonatal care centers increased, and at least one trained midwife was placed in every health center. Additionally, the government created community health education programs using a mass media campaign and reduced financial barriers to encourage women to seek out health centers when pregnant for better care.
Resulting health indicators include:
• Access and coverage of delivery by skilled birth attendants at health facilities increased from 8% to 66% between 2002 and 2012
• Maternal Mortality Ratio reduced from 437 to 206 per 100,000 live births between 2000 and 2010