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Contact our Cambodia support office to talk about our work.

Phnom Penh Centre,
Building F, 1st Floor,
Sothearos Boulevard,
Sangkat Tonle Bassac,
Khan Chamkarmorn
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
+855 023 994 083

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Marie Stopes Cambodia

We began operating in Cambodia in 1998, and over the past two decades have seen the contraceptive prevalence rate rise from 7% to 39%.

Thanks to strong partnerships between the Cambodian government, their dedicated public health workers and Marie Stopes International, more women than ever before are now able to get hold of contraception and safe abortion services in the country.

But we know there is still far to go, with many women in need of contraception unsure where to get quality and safe services, or afraid of accessing services because of cultural stigma - which especially affects young, unmarried women.

We began operating in Cambodia in 1998, and over the past two decades have seen the contraceptive prevalence rate rise from 7% to 39%.

What we do in Cambodia

Our Cambodia programme is committed to reaching the most vulnerable and marginalised people, so we also run a number of projects targeted at the young, indigenous communities and garment factory workers.

Our work with youth is of particular importance, considering that 52% of the population of Cambodia is under 24, and they are more likely to dominate the entertainment and garment industries.

Sexual health is still a taboo subject of conversation for unmarried Cambodians, and one of the ways we try to address this is through our dedicated call centre. Run by qualified midwives, the free call centre gives young people the chance to confidentially speak to someone about contraception, pregnancy and sexual health.

How we deliver services in Cambodia

We run centres across the country, providing comprehensive family planning counselling, a wide range of quality short and long-acting contraception, and safe medical and surgical abortion.

We also ensure that women and men are able to choose safe and quality services that are available in their communities, through partnering with government referral hospitals and health centres, private clinics, pharmacies and factory infirmaries.

Our work in garment factories, through the WorkerHealth and Partnering to Save Lives projects, represents our most important form of reaching out and providing services to women in Cambodia - where 90% of the country’s 650,000 garment factory workers are women.

Many factory workers like Savy in the video below, want to be able to time when or whether to have children. They want to improve their living conditions and better provide for their family, but just don’t know where to turn for help.

The Partnering to Save Lives project - a joint partnership between Marie Stopes International, the Cambodian Ministry of Health, Australian Aid and other NGOs – helps to address this. We train factory infirmary providers to help spread information and enable convenient access to essential counselling and contraceptives. This method has helped us to reach thousands of women, and this has far-reaching benefits for families and wider communities.

Through our WorkerHealth project, we are also pioneering a client referral app that will allow health workers in garment factories to refer their clients to quality assured private health facilities. This is the first electronic referral system of its kind to be up and running in Cambodia.

Strengthening local health systems

Community health centres form the backbone of Cambodia’s public health system. They serve thousands of people every year, and are the first port of call for any health service – including contraception. However, in 2010 more than half of these centres didn’t provide a wide range of short and long-acting contraception.

We partner with the Cambodian government to train public health workers in a range of contraceptive methods, including long acting-and permanent methods. We support more than 400 public health facilities with training, quality assurance visits, and on-the-job coaching resulting in more clients receiving high quality services.

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I have to work, for the people. That’s why I chose this career. I’m proud to work for my Zambian people.

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I was scared to go to prison. I was worried about the number of years I would spend there. I was really scared.

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Dina Appiah

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I love my job because I have learned so many things that I didn’t know before.

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My job is good. It makes me happy. I like to be out here helping women and saving lives.

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Chum Dam – vasectomy client

It's time for me to take responsibility.

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Rekha Rokhaya

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Aminata Kabba

“Having a child at my age was a big mistake. But with contraception, I am empowered to return to school and proceed to college to achieve my dreams.”

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Chap Si Yim

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Scola Daffi Akonaay – outreach client

I didn’t know about the clinic before today. I came here for my baby to be vaccinated and saw that they were offering family planning services.

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I became a nurse because I strongly believe that it is one of the most significant ways of serving humanity.

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Mary Benjamin

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Oeun Vichara

"The women who make the clothes at this factory rely on the money they earn here to support their families. They can’t afford to take time out if they fall pregnant."

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Friday 04 May 2018

Faith Mwanret Pyentim - Outreach nurse

"I like this job because it is an avenue to help women, which is something I am passionate about."

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Friday 11 May 2018

Bárbara Pérez - Midwife Project Coordinator

I believe that planning and using contraceptive methods helps a lot socially, economically, and especially in health.

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Monday 12 September 2016

Gifty Danwah – Market porter and client

I hadn’t used contraception before Marie Stopes. I said to myself this will change my life, and it has.

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Monday 12 September 2016

Paulina Marko Dahai – outreach client

My daughters must study. Education is the most important thing. I want them to go further than I did – this is my dream.

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Monday 12 September 2016

Philomena – young client

I want to learn how to sew clothes so I can make money and take care of my children. Having the implant will give me time to learn.

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Photos capture the lives and realities of the women we serve.

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Nisha Nagarkoti

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Elizabeth Pappoe – Marie Stopes Ghana team member

I enjoy maternal and reproductive health a lot, as women are special.

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"We had to run. All the pain of running is more than the pain of this insertion."

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Margaret Louve

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Christiana Kposowa

Christiana planned on going to university but, with two small babies already, falling pregnant a third time was the last thing she needed.

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Sister Laeticia Dlovo

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