Thanks to strong partnerships between the Cambodian government, their dedicated public health workers and our team in Cambodia, more women than ever before are now able to access contraception and safe abortion services in the country.
But we know there is still far to go, with many women in need of contraception unsure where to get quality and safe services, or afraid of accessing services because of cultural stigma – which especially affects young, unmarried women.
We run seven centres across the country, providing comprehensive family planning counselling, a wide range of quality short and long-acting contraception, and safe medical and surgical abortion. Across the seven centres and 153 MS Ladies, in 2020 our team provided 62,000 family planning and safe abortion services, averting an estimated 10,000 unsafe abortions and 23,000 unintended pregnancies.
Our Cambodia program is committed to reaching the most marginalised people, so we also run a number of projects targeted at vulnerable communities.
Our work with youth is of particular importance, considering that 52% of the population of Cambodia is under 24. Sexual and reproductive health is still a taboo subject of conversation for unmarried Cambodians, and one of the ways we try to address this is through our dedicated call centre. Run by qualified midwives, the call centre gives young people the chance to confidentially speak to someone about contraception, pregnancy and sexual health for free..
We also partner with government referral hospitals, health centres, private clinics, pharmacies and infirmaries in their communities.
Community health centres form the backbone of Cambodia’s public health system. They serve thousands of people every year, and are the first port of call for any health service – including contraception. However, many of these centres don’t provide a wide range of short and long-acting contraception.
We partner with the Cambodian government to train public health workers in a range of contraceptive methods, including long-acting and permanent methods. We support more than 400 public health facilities with training, quality assurance visits, and on-the-job coaching resulting in more clients receiving high quality services.
In 2020, approximately 68,000 people were using a contraceptive method provided by MSI. The majority of these were provided through our centres and MS Ladies.
In 2020, our work in Cambodia led to an estimated:
maternal deaths averted
unintended pregnancies averted
unsafe abortions averted
people using a contraception method provided by MSI