Cambodia has suffered a tragic recent history with the involvement in the Vietnam War followed by the Khmer Rouge genocide and subsequent isolation by the international community.
More than 3 million Cambodians lost their lives during the Khmer Rouge regime and Cambodians who survived remain deeply traumatized.
Cambodian infrastructure, education, financial and health systems were all destroyed by the Khmer Rouge regime.
Today Cambodia remains one of the poorest countries in the Asia Region - 70% of the population lives in rural areas, with 80% that rural population living below the official poverty line.
The health status of the Cambodian population is amongst the poorest in Asia. While health outcomes and life expectancy are improving alongside the general development of the country, Cambodia continues to have weak health indicators in worldwide comparisons. It is estimated that only 7% of the rural population have access to medical care, maternal mortality rates are high and women's health care critically poor.
|Cambodian women's health statistics include:|
|85% of Cambodian women face problems in accessing health care|
|90% of women over 14 suffer from undiagnosed lumps or cysts, long-term gynecological infections, permanent vaginal discharges or cancers|
|40% of women working in factories suffer from a prolapsed uterus and their average age is 19 years old|
|Many of these symptoms left untreated result in early onset of preventable or curable cancers such as cervical or breast cancers|
|The average life expectancy of a woman in Cambodia is 49 years old|
Real stories from women in Cambodia
Chom Lorn is 33 years old and has 3 children.
She says her uterus is diseased because the mid wife was not very good. She is inconstant pain and very tired.
Kong Nut is 31 years and has two children.
After giving birth with the help of local mid wife, Kong nut became very ill. She has a constant discharge which is very smelly and her belly hurts all the time.
Siem Toen is 47 years old and has 4 children.
When she gave birth, the only help was the local mid wife. The mid wife was not very skilled and she used a dirty knife.
Siem Sai Hoeur
Siem Sai Hoeur is 49 years old. She has ten children, five daughters and five sons. Three children are married but seven children still live at home.
Siem Sai Houer went to a local midwife seven years ago when she gave birth to a baby. The mid wife used a dirty knife and she became very ill and she started to bleed very heavily.