Maternal, newborn and child health in Cambodia
Cambodia, in the past five years has witnessed a slight increase of its maternal mortality rates1. Where in 2000 55% of women received no antenatal care, in 2005 69% of women received antenatal care from a health care professional at least once. Progress can also be seen in the conditions of deliveries. Child mortality rates, on the other hand, have greatly improved. There has been a substantial reduction in the under five mortality rate from 127 deaths per 1000 live births in 2000 to 83 deaths per 1000 live births in 2005. This reduction in child mortality is spread across neonatal, post neonatal, infant and child mortality.
In response to the critical state of MNCH, the Government of Cambodia has put in place various mechanisms to manage issues surrounding MNCH. It has in its Ministry of Health a Child Survival Management Committee. The government has also produced a Child survival strategy which is based on a Child Survival Scorecard of essential intervention packages. The government also possesses a National Reproductive and Sexual Health Strategy for 2006-2010.