Marie Stopes in Brief
social media to reach young people on Valentines Day
MSI Cambodia celebrated
Valentine’s Day on 14 February 2012 together with the
youth of Phnom Penh. The focus of the day was to promote MSIC’s
sexual health hotline to young people through youth focussed social
media such as SMS messaging and internet news and entertainment
websites. A convoy of tuk-tuks decorated with MSIC Valentine’s Day
Banners promoting the hotline were seen all over Phnom Penh and
young people received hotline pocket cards in Valentine’s Day
hotspots like shopping malls, schools, and at a big Valentine’s Day
Welcome and Farewell at Marie
In April MSI Cambodia is excited to welcome a new Program Director,
Stefanie Wallach and say a warm goodbye to their current Program
Director, Che Katz. Read More.....
Marie Stopes at the 7 Billion World Population Campaign
October saw MSIC
Goodwill Ambassadors Yuthara Chhany and Chorn Chanleakhnea address over
700 young people in Battambong and Sihanoukville for the UNFPA’s ‘7
Billion Actions’ Campaign. The two-day event was organised by the NGO
Khmer Youth and Social Development (KYSD) to highlight the challenges
facing a world population that has reached 7 billion and continues to
grow. The event also looked at the effect such rapid population growth
will have on the planet’s natural resources, environment and how it will
increase poverty and the actions that can be taken by all to make a
Reaching the Underserved in
In August 2011 MSIC
commissioned research to better understand what the profile of our
clients is and their experiences with our
services. The study was undertaken as an exit interview in our clinics
in a sample of over 60 referral hospitals where MSIC currently
provides voluntary surgical contraception services complimenting the
existing range of other family planning methods.
MSIC Launches its ambitious 2011-2015
Strategic Plan at the Annual Planning Workshop
Marie Stopes International
Cambodia held its 2012 Annual Planning Workshop, in
October 2011 in Phnom Penh, with over 80 team members coming together to
share ideas, discuss challenges, and most importantly launch the very
ambitious 2011-2015 MSIC Strategic Plan.
A Simple Phone Call Can Save a Life!
is true,” says Ms Nary, a 22-year-old beer promoter, “ because if I
don’t know where I can get abortion information I might use an unsafe
service without realizing it and it could be harmful to my health.
Thanks ‘KHNUM SAM RAB NAK!’”.
Celebrity Couple United for a Cause
2009, one of Cambodia’s favourite celebrity couples, film stars Yuthara
Chhany and Chorn Chanleakhena, have been promoting the work of Marie
Stopes International Cambodia through their roles as Goodwill
Ambassadors. Read More.....
Bringing More Family Planning Choices to Cambodia’s Poor Rural
In Cambodia only
35% of women currently use a modern family planning method, and of those
only 5% use long-term methods like IUDs, tubal ligation and vasectomy
according to preliminary result of CDHS 2010.
Promotional Vouchers Are Everywhere: Why not use them for family
These days we are
bombarded daily with promotional vouchers and coupons. Free telephone
credit! Free coffee! Free subscriptions! Marketing experts and
consumers have proven over and over again that this is an effective way
to link people with new products and services. So, why not draw on these
already tested communication strategies to get family planning services
to underserved women? Read More.....
Clients Should Be Treated Like Queens
good quality health services provided at an affordable price!
What do consumers
think about the Marie Stopes health service experience? This is a key
question the organisation is asking itself so it can serve consumers
better. Read More.....
Let’s Talk About Abortion
embarrassed about having abortions and often terminate them with someone
who will keep it a secret, but might not be trained properly” says
Sa Usah, a 24 year old beer garden waitress in Siem Reap and Marie
Stopes peer volunteer. Despite abortion having been legalised in
Cambodia for over 13 years, a study conducted in 2009 found that 80% of
women who accessed abortion services believe abortion is against the
law. Read More.....
Midwives on Motos: A step towards safe motherhood
July to September are a particularly busy time of year for rural women in Cambodia and by 11am, Srey Ne, 32 years old, and her husband who are resident of Preah Damrei commune, Stoung district, Kampong Thom province, have been awake and working for 5 hours. She has been planting rice, preparing meals and caring for her children. Srey Ne is a mother of 7 children, aged between 1 and 15 years old and is one of 1.7 million women living in rural areas in Cambodia who still have an unmet need for family planning.
Opens More Doors in Cambodia
On 3rd August 2010, Marie Stopes opened its 7th clinic in Chi Phou town in Svay Rieng Province in a launching ceremony to over 120 people. This adds to the already existing 6 MSIC clinics in Phnom Penh, Kandal, Siem Reap, Battambang, Kampong Thom, and Koh Kong. This additional clinic means that Marie Stopes can provide reproductive health services to women and men in Svay Reing, especially the over 20,000 garment factory workers and entertainment workers.
Making Garment Factory Workers Matter
Increasing access to sexual reproductive health for garment factory workers. Srun Sokhoan, 27 years old has used family planning twice, birth spacing pills she brought from a small drug store. Sokhoan is a garment factory worker at the Sun
Sky garment factory in Phnom Penh. She has limited time off work, and she is shy, so was embarrassed to talk about sex.
“Last year, after having a son, I had much concern how to avoid another pregnancy. My husband and I do not want to have
many children because we were busy with our work and our living conditions are not good either”. Sokhoan’s work days are
busy, she is a supervisor of a group of 33 female workers. They work six day a week, 10 hours per day. Her basic salary
is about US$60 per month. Read More.....
The Road to Acceptance…
Pen Bunara, a peer educator with Marie Stopes, is 30 years old and proud of who she is “Right now in my community
I am accepted, not discriminated and well known as a transgender woman, who also educates people about STIs and HIV”.