It is aimed at strengthening the health system to cultivate an enabling environment where skilled providers of newborn care value and practice Early Essential Newborn Care (EENC) at every birth.
Despite the well documented benefits of breastfeeding worldwide, only 39 per cent of children aged less than six months were exclusively breastfed in 2012. This global figure has improved very little for the past several decades.
In order to combat Cambodia’s high maternal and infant mortality rates in the country’s rural areas, the Health Ministry has announced new plans for midwife training programs that will bring more midwives outside urban Phnom Penh.
Cambodia must increase the number of trained health professionals to reduce its high maternal mortality rate, experts say.