Blog 9 Cambodia  The Real Picture

January 6, 2015

Today we went to the offices of the Cambodian Midwives Association (CMC) the equivalent of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) in the UK. We met a wonderful man called  Pros who Is the programme assistant there.

Paula and I had a really good conversation about  the registration of midwives, the supervision and regulation of midwives, the assessment of the midwifery curriculum and the problems of funding of these types of organisation in Cambodia.

It has become clear only after two days that a lot of the Non-government organisations (NGO’s) are pulling out of Cambodia now that it is rising from a vrey poor country to a financially viable one.

This is correct in that charitable funds need to go to countries of most need, however it means a lot of the work achieved may be lost as no one is there to take over the roles of the volunteers in Cambodia. It is important that the people in influential roles are supported to continue their work as Cambodians to sustain the improvements achieved for their country.

The Royal College of Midwives Global Midwifery Twinning Project has lost its funding to continue. We are honoured to be here as the last group of midwifery volunteers but it is even more important we leave with a legacy.

I have a new phone and wanted to leave you with a video of my journey from the maternity hospital back to the Villa Langka my hotel.  Crazy driving.  But alas I could not upload the video. Maybe tommorow.


One Response to “Blog 9 Cambodia  The Real Picture”

  1. Joy Kemp Says:

    Great blog. Just pointing out that we didn’t lose funding – but unfortunately lost out to others in a very competitive bidding process for further funds!

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