Health Projects in Cambodia

The goal of this project is to reduce mortality and morbidity among adolescents of reproductive age in the peri-urban areas of Phnom Penh by implementing educational activities on sexual and reproductive health with young employees in 25 garment factories.

The project will also work with more than 300 service providers, pharmacists, and drug vendors to sensitize them to the special needs of young people, and that services and referral networks are “youth friendly.” The project aims to increase the use of reproductive health services by young garment factory workers and improve their sexual health practices.

Partners on this project include PATH, CARE, five Cambodian NGOs, the Cambodian Ministry of Health, the Garment Manufacturer’s Association of Cambodia, the Pharmacy Association of Cambodia, and the Reproductive Health Association of Cambodia. Partnerships with local groups will result in their enhanced capacity to meet the sexual and reproductive health needs of this population.

Project partners will also engage in advocacy with the government and the private sector to create practices and policies which support healthy behaviors among young factory workers and enable them to access essential reproductive health services.

Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health Project

The project will operate in Sampov Meas Operational District of the Pursat Province, Cambodia, and will aim to contribute substaintially to sustained improvements in sexual reproductive health status of adolescent men and women age 15-24.

The strategy of this project is to build on ADRA Cambodia’s existing community health program in the Pursat Province in cooperation with the Provincial Health Department and the Provincial Education Department. The project activities include research to improve the capacity of ADRA staff and partners to implement an effective ASRH program; capacity building in adolescent sexual reproductive health issues of government partners, local organization, village workers; and peer education for approximately 115,000 adolescents in 9 health center catchment areas.

These three strategies will work through school teachers, students, adolescents not in school, provincial health care staff, village health volunteers, and parents to spread effective ASRH health messages and build a safety net of information, and response capacity within the target area.