The Record » PROJECT COMPASSION 2016: Sreymom’s story – learning more, helping many

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Education and training have helped Sreymom transform from an inexperienced young midwife into a confident healthcare worker. Now she has the skills to provide vital healthcare, support and information to indigenous mothers and children in remote Northeast Cambodia.

In the beautiful, remote Mondulkiri province of Northeast Cambodia the majority of the population is made up of indigenous people, who are a minority group in the rest of the country.

Due to extreme poverty, indigenous people in the region face many complex health issues that stem from a lack of clean drinking water, inconsistent food supplies, poor sanitation and limited access to health services.

Sreymom with a local mother and baby. During the intensive training course Sreymom learned new techniques to help improve the health of mothers and babies during pregnancy, childbirth and infancy. Photo: Supplied.

Sreymom with a local mother and baby. During the intensive training course Sreymom learned new techniques to help improve the health of mothers and babies during pregnancy, childbirth and infancy. Photo: Supplied.

When Sreymom, now 26, started work at the Health Centre in Mondulkiri province, she was eager to put her three years of training as a midwife into action, and help care for indigenous mothers and children in the surrounding villages.

But while Sreymom had the qualification to be a midwife, she soon realised she lacked practical experience. It made her very nervous. “When I had to assist a delivery,” Sreymom recalls, “my body and knees were trembling. I was sweating and losing confidence.”

Seeing Sreymom’s difficulties– and her true potential– a local healthcare worker helped Sreymom to enrol in the Mondulkiri Community Health Program.

The program was established by Caritas Cambodia (supported by Caritas Australia) to improve the health of indigenous people living in five of the most vulnerable communities in the Mondulkiri region, and to help train, support and empower local health centre staff….

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