Plan International collaborated with the Stung Treng Provincial Health Department to establish the facility, which is near the Cambodia-Laos border. It will improve access to primary health care services, especially for indigenous people with special needs, as well as women and girls, in the area.
“The majority of the population in Santepheap commune are members of ethnic minority groups, and have minimal knowledge and understanding of the health and nutrition needs of children. Child malnutrition and mortality rates are high,” said Kimthan.
“The health centre will contribute to reducing under-five maternal mortality rates in Siem Pang district. This will also enhance the capacity of community members to participate in managing their own development projects and community facilities,” he added.