UNFPA Recognises Cambodia’s Efforts on Sexual and Reproductive Rights
AKP Phnom Penh, April 10, 2019 --
Since UNFPA’s establishment in Cambodia in 1994, real progress has been made on the sexual and reproductive right, according to the State of World Population 2019, released today by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
The maternal mortality rate has been dramatically reduced from more than 900 deaths per 100,000 live births to less than 170 now, it pointed out.
The use of family planning has led to a significant fertility decline from 3.8 in 2000 to 2.7 children per woman in 2014, and the modern contraceptive prevalence rate increased from 19 percent in 2000 to 39 percent in 2014, it underlined.
The report includes, for the first time, data on women’s ability to make decisions over three key areas: sexual intercourse with their partner, contraception use and health care.
It also features 15 champions of change, including H.E. Mr. Chea Chantum, Secretary-General for General Secretariat for Population of the Ministry of Planning from Cambodia, who have broken barriers in their own context and influenced the landscape of sexual and reproductive health and rights into what it is today.
By Khan Sophirom