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Goal 5: Improve maternal health
Kampong Luong Floating Village, Cambodia
By Mr. Masashi Shinoda (Karasaki Church, Kyoto Diocese)
<Mother and child health care>
This time I introduce Mother and child health care program operated in Kampong Luong Floating Village. In the floating village we have everything that is available on the land.
There is also a hospital and it is called "health center". Seventy percent of the people in the village are Vietnamese but very few of them use the center. It is because the staffs are only Khmer and the Vietnamese have the barrier of language and in dry season the water level becomes lower and the center is far on the land which the village people do not have an easy access by transportation. As a result many Vietnamese do not know what the health center is for. In order to let the people know what the center is operating and how necessary it is, we hired a doctor from the center and started the program to set up the free clinic a year ago.
Our intention was to contact all the patients but this time we targeted pregnant women and infants and hired a gynecologist. It was because the infants' lives were lost in the floating village due to the unbelievable causes.