Securing Mothers’ and Infants’ Lives with Equity (SMILE) Project
Phnom Penh, 8 February, 2013. – In order to achieve the MDGs – improving maternal and child health, the Adventist Development Relief Agency (ADRA) with the financial support from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) is running a three and a half year project which sets out to address the health needs of 70,455 underserved women and children under 5 (U5) in Preah Vihear (PVH) province in northern Cambodia.
The Memo of Understanding for the Securing Mothers’ and Infants’ Lives with Equity, has been signed in March 2012 by Professor Eng Hout, Secretary of State, Ministry of Health and Mr. Mark Schwisow, Country Director of ADRA Cambodia.
The Securing Mothers’ and Infants’ Lives with Equity (SMILE) Project is jointly implemented by ADRA Canada and local counterparts ADRA Cambodia and partner implementer, M’day Reakreay Kone Reakreay (MRKR), Hincks-Dellcrest and in close cooperation with the Ministries of Health, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, Ministry of Agriculture and community partners. It works to improve the facilities, human resources, and systems of PVH health services and empower communities to improve the nutritional and health status of women and children U5 through community Mother-Child Health Groups.
In February 2013, at the completion of the first year of the project, two delivery/waiting rooms have been completed and are opening at Phnom Dek and Chrach Health Centers. “This project is working strategically with women and men to address health system strengthening, nutritional improvements and reducing the burden of disease killing mothers and children,” said Mr. Mark Schwisow of ADRA Cambodia. “It is working through gender focused interventions that will address many of the root causes contributing to the problems.”
The total budget for the project, which runs from 10 January 2012 to 30 September 2015, is CAD2,465,066, which CAD1,988,099 (approx.USD1,888,694) is funded by the Canadian International Development Agency and ADRA Canada contributing the additional CAD$662,700.
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