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In 1975, after years of civil war, Cambodia suffered a devastating blow to its development as the Khmer Rouge took control of Phnom Penh. Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot's vision for a Cambodia absent of any social institutions such as banks, universities, religions or any modern technology centered on a return to an agrarian communist society.

The means of implementation were to exterminate anyone who didn't fit within this new ideal. The "new" nation was being turned back to "Year Zero", and intellectuals, businessmen, doctors, Buddhist leaders and foreigners were "purged." It is estimated that 1.5 to 2 million people--25% of the population--were killed during this time.

The Khmer Rouge did not stop killing Cambodians until 1998, when Pol Pot died.

Strained resources

Cambodia continues on its road of recovery. Because one quarter of the population was killed between 1975 and 1979, today over 33% of the Cambodia's people are children. More than one third of the population lives on less that $1 a day. Over 75% of the population lives in rural communities characterized by malnutrition and limited access to health services.

Rapid urbanization has caused stress on financial resources in an economy where it is estimated external donors supply about half the nation's budget. Today, Cambodia remains one of the poorest countries in the region.

Medical Teams International, Cambodia, safe motherhood

Did you know?

  • Over 1/3 of the population lives on less than $1 a day
  • More than 30% of Cambodians are under the age of 18

One $100 anti-shock garment can save hundreds of mothers during childbirth

Maternal mortality

Medical Teams is addressing high rates of maternal mortality (206 per 100,000) and newborn mortality (45 per 1000) in Cambodia. The goal is to reduce morbidity and mortality of pregnant women, new mothers and newborns in two health districts of Kampong Cham province.

Emergency programs bring new life

Medical Teams is also advancing existing community-based First Responder programs in Kampong Cham to include basic emergency obstetric and newborn care. MTI has worked to roll out anti-shock garments in all of Kampong Cham province. These garments treat post-partum hemorrhaging at health centers. The low-cost garments stabilize blood pressure and enable transport to a hospital where the patient can receive intensive therapies.

In spite of dangerous birth complications, this mother's life was saved thanks to an anti-shock garment.

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$100 will purchase one non-pneumatic anti-shock garment, which can prevent mothers from bleeding out during difficult pregnancies

$500 provides training for one health center in the use of anti-shock garments

$510​ trains a health care worker on the basics of EMT


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