Skills & Drills – Improving midwives’ skills in managing emergency cases

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The GIZ Muskoka project supports the Ministry of Health in improving Maternal and Newborn Care with a focus on Emergency Obstetric Care. The project runs until 04/2019 and works in the provinces of Kampot, Kampong Speu, Kampong Thom and Kep.

In order to improve the skills and to build capacity of the Cambodian midwives through a series of Emergency Obstetric Care hands-on trainings, GIZ partners with the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM).

The Centre for Maternal and Newborn Health at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (CMNH-LSTM) has designed an Emergency Obstetric & Newborn Care “Skills & Drills” training to develop the capacity of existing healthcare providers to recognize and effectively manage women and babies requiring emergency obstetric care. The course covers the five major causes of maternal death – haemorrhage, sepsis, eclampsia, obstructed labour and complications of abortion and also immediate newborn care. It also covers all  medical interventions required for basic and comprehensive emergency obstetric and newborn care .

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It recognises the very real barriers to accessing care that women in resource poor countries have, as well as with the realisation that many healthcare providers trying to provide Skilled Attendance at Birth (SBA) and Emergency (or Essential) Obstetric and New-born Care (EmONC), work in difficult circumstances with limited resources.

A series of 7 emergency obstetric and newborn care trainings are conducted at the training unit of the National Maternal Child Health Centre (NMCHC) between March and May 2017. A total of 420 health staff are trained.

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In addition, skills laboratories, equipped with the same material and mannequins used during the training will be established in the provincial referral hospitals of Kampot, Kampong Thom and Kampong Speu. These enable the trained staff to practice and continue learning in their own provinces.

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Safe food, Healthy life in Cambodia

Canady Mao, an Assistant Director of Khmer Organic Cooperative (KOC)

Canady Mao, an Assistant Director of Khmer Organic Cooperative (KOC)

10 April 2017

Phnom Penh residents start changing their behavior from eating normal vegetable and fruits which contained chemical residue to consume organic products. Though the prices of organic products are higher than the normal products, some people still prefer to eat since they know these products are good for health.

“The sales volume of vegetables and fruits has increased from 100kg a day to 300kg a day,” said Canady Mao, an Assistant Director of Khmer Organic Cooperative (KOC). More>>>

Safe food, Healthy life in Cambodia

Canady Mao, an Assistant Director of Khmer Organic Cooperative (KOC)

Canady Mao, an Assistant Director of Khmer Organic Cooperative (KOC)

10 April 2017

Phnom Penh residents start changing their behavior from eating normal vegetable and fruits which contained chemical residue to consume organic products. Though the prices of organic products are higher than the normal products, some people still prefer to eat since they know these products are good for health.

“The sales volume of vegetables and fruits has increased from 100kg a day to 300kg a day,” said Canady Mao, an Assistant Director of Khmer Organic Cooperative (KOC).

In respond to the increasing demand from buyers, KOC start doing contract farming with 20 local farmers in Kampot Province. This will help to improve the income generation of the farmers and to ensure the products quality meets the organic standard and the quantity meets the demand of the market. Until now, there are around 100 different types of organic products for sale at the KOC shop.

From left, Phen Chhunhak of Improvement of Livelihood and Food Security of Landless and Land-Poor Households, So Saody of ASEAN SAS, and Canady Mao of KOC

From left, Phen Chhunhak of Improvement of Livelihood and Food Security of Landless and Land-Poor Households, So Saody of ASEAN SAS, and Canady Mao of KOC

“Most buyers come here to buy organic vegetables even though the vegetables do not look good from the outer appearance and have higher price,” said Ms Mao.

KOC also has the strategy and plan to enlarge the scope from working with 20 farmers to many more farmers in other potential provinces. Moreover, KOC is also working collaboratively with community and non-government organizations to promote community’s products. Those products are composed of leafy vegetable, fruit vegetable and processing products.

“Applying organic farming method is not only a way to generate income, but it is also good for human health because we eat safe food,” said Mr. Ieng Sotheara, a Founder of KOC.

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The story and photos are outcome of a workshop ‘Impact Story Writing and Basic Photography’ for project staff of Improvement of Livelihood and Food Security of Landless and Land-Poor Households, ASEAN Sustainable Agrifood Systems (ASEAN SAS), and their partner, Khmer Organic Cooperative. The workshop was conducted in Phnom Penh, Cambodia from 14-17 February 2017 and attended by 14 attendees. ASEAN SAS Communication Officer provided the training.

The story and photos are outcome of a workshop ‘Impact Story Writing and Basic Photography’ for project staff of Improvement of Livelihood and Food Security of Landless and Land-Poor Households, ASEAN Sustainable Agrifood Systems (ASEAN SAS), and their partner, Khmer Organic Cooperative. The workshop was conducted in Phnom Penh, Cambodia from 14-17 February 2017 and attended by 14 attendees. ASEAN SAS Communication Officer provided the training.

By Phen Chhunhak and Lum Sereykut, Improvement of Livelihood and Food Security of Landless and Land-Poor Households and So Saody, ASEAN Sustainable Agrifood Systems.

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Inauguration of One Window Service Offices at District Level in Kampong Speu Province

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On March 28, 2017, the inauguration of six newly and country-wide established One Window Service Offices and District Ombudsmen offices took place in Oudong District, Kampong Speu Province.

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Inauguration of One Window Service Offices at District Level in Kampong Speu Province

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On March 28, 2017, the inauguration of six newly and country-wide established One Window Service Offices and District Ombudsmen offices took place in Oudong District, Kampong Speu Province. The event was chaired by Samdech Krolahom Sar Kheng, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Interior, and Head of NCDD, and attended by approximately 2,000 participants including senior officials, civil servants, citizens and students.

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The One Window Service Office (OWSO) was initiated and introduced by the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) in the Municipalities of Battambang and Siem Reap as a pilot between 2004 and 2007. OWSO is the office which brings services closer to citizens – one of the objectives of the Sub-National Democratic Development reform. Combined in one office, several administrative services from different line ministries are provided to citizens and small businesses in a speedy and transparent way. Each OWSO is observed by an Ombudsperson who receives and investigates complaints from citizens if the service delivery does not run smoothly. Between 2009 and 2014, One Window Service Offices were expanded to 24 Municipalities, 8 Khans and 2 Districts. By now, the RGC – through Ministry of Interior – has established 46 OWSOs throughout Cambodia. Another six new One Window Service Offices have been technically established at the district level and will be opened soon. With this approach, the RGC brings services closer to citizens who live in rural and remote areas.

The former EU SPACE II project implemented by GIZ supported the RGC in developing legal framework documents which are required to open and operate OWSOs as well as the Ombudsman office at the district level. Moreover, the project and the RGC jointly worked on the publication of banners and leaflets which transparently display the fees that have to be paid for services delivered in One-Window-Service Offices. The successor program of EU SPACE, the “Decentralisation and Administration Reform Program” continues to jointly work with the Ministry of Interior on regulations and guidelines which are important to run OWSOs but also One Window Service Mechanisms at district level. The latter refers to service provision which is incorporated into the district administration. Within the next months, the Ministry of Interior and DAR Program will jointly conduct a feasibility study for the establishment of OWSO and One Window Service Mechanism in the partner districts of DAR Program in Kandal and Battambang. Moreover, partner districts will be trained and coached how to providing services through One Window Service Offices and Mechanisms in a transparent and effective manner.

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