Over the last ten years, the Cambodia Demographic Health Survey has shown a steady decrease in maternal mortality, from 472 per 100,000 live births in 2005 to 170 in 2014. Recent reductions in newborn mortality are encouraging as well, from 28 per 1,000 live births in 2005 to 18 in 2014.
However, maternal and newborn mortality remain high compared to other countries in the region, linkages between levels of the health system are still weak, and systematic and timely referrals for obstetric and newborn complications remain a serious challenge. In order to accelerate progress, the Ministry of Health adopted the Fast Track Initiative Road Map (FTIRM) for Reducing Maternal and Newborn Mortality 2010-2015 and 2016-2020, and the EmONC Improvement Plan 2010-2015 and 2016-2020. Midwifery Coordination Alliance Team (MCATs) meetings remain a priority activity. During these meetings, 285 midwives from across the PSL target provinces meet to discuss the best ways to strengthen the capacity and effectiveness of service delivery of reproductive, maternal and newborn health.
To contribute to the further reduction of maternal and infant mortality, on 16- 20 January 2017 Save the Children supported a five-day dissemination and training workshop on the National Protocols on Clinical Safe Motherhood for Health Centers and Midwifery Coordination Alliance Team.
The workshop brought together maternal and child health chiefs and staff members from Provincial Health Departments, Operational Districts and Hospitals from Kratie and Stung Treng Provinces. A total of 40 participants, all of whom are maternal and child health and Midwife Coordination Alliance Team supervisors and coachers, met to discuss the National Protocols on Clinical Safe Motherhood for Health Centers to improve quality health services for mothers and newborns.
After this workshop, the supervisors and coachers will develop an action plan to further train and coach more than 256 midwives from 42 health centers across Kratie and Stung Treng provinces. As well as teaching the theory, they will conduct on-the-job supervision and coaching sessions to effectively meet to the National Protocols on Clinical Safe Motherhood for Health Centers and Midwifery Coordination Alliance Team.
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Author: Phal Vandy