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The study, commissioned by IPPF and funded by the IPPF Japan Trust Fund for HIV and Reproductive Health, provides evidence of the challenges to and benefits of universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights.
Ny is 23 years old and is pregnant with her first child. She visits Reproductive Health Association of Cambodia clinic once a month for prenatal care.
“When they don’t dare to ask questions about sensitive health topics, they don’t have the information they need"
Two years ago Kouch Davy suggested that the workers at the Propitious garment factory have improved access to sexual and reproductive health and information. The success now means it is rolling out to more factories.
Garment worker Sophorn doesn't earn much and the cost of a private clinic is more expensive that a public one, but she opts for the private clinic because she knows the level of care and treatment available is of a higher standard.
“Just yesterday during the outreach service, a woman asked me why she didn’t get her period after having an abortion..."
Pann Chandy was a youth volunteer with Reproductive Health Association of Cambodia and is now a qualified midwife. She runs workshops providing sexual and reproductive health advice to the garment factory workers.
Sineang struggled to conceive for the first three years of her marriage. Through the help, care and support provided by Reproductive Health Association of Cambodia, she managed to give birth to her first child in 2013.
The garment manufacturing industry in Cambodia employs roughly 700,000 people, the majority of which are women.
About 700,000 people work in Cambodia’s garment factories, many of them migrant women from rural areas who typically possess low levels of education. According to Dr. Sreng, not only do these women often lack crucial health knowledge, but they tend not to trust health providers or know where to access medical care.
IPPF advises and collaborates in Advanced Family Planning (AFP) national and global advocacy efforts. The partnership works to increase financial investments and political commitment needed to ensure access to family planning through effective advocacy. AFP is comprised by more than 20 partner organisations working in Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of the Congo, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania and Uganda with additional opportunity fund grants.