Project profile

Healthy Women, Healthy Workplace

Cambodia’s garment industry workforce is overwhelmingly female: an estimated 85% of its employees being women, predominantly of reproductive age. Many garment factory workers migrate to urban areas for work, and have limited knowledge of sexual, reproductive and maternal health (SRMH). Away from their usual social support networks, it is important that garment factory workers have accessed to reliable SRMH information and services so that they can confidently make informed decisions and choices about their health and seek appropriate care.

 

The first phase of the HWHW project partnered with 19 factories in the Phnom Penh municipality to focus on the implementation of the innovative behaviour change communication (BCC) packages for SRMH including Chat! Contraception, Lucky Mother video, healthy mother app, food vendor campaign. In addition, the project also supported the implementation of youth friendly services at the target health facilities to better provide health care outside the factories.

The second phase will mainly emphasize on strengthening the capacity and confidence of project partners and enable them to continue implementing project innovative BCC interventions independently.

 

Objective

1. Strengthen the capacity of frontline health providers, factory training teams and infirmary staff to independently provide high quality and relevant health services to women in garment factories

 

2. Prepare line Ministries (Municipality of Health Department, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training) to accept responsibility for health services in garment factories.

 

Key activities
Project activities include:

Objective 1:  Strengthen the capacity of frontline health providers, factory training teams and infirmary staff to independently provide high quality and relevant health services to women in garment factories

  •  Healthy Mother App for Infirmary staff: Provide refresher training, coaching, and mentoring the utilisation of the App. CARE will explore options to review the app to suit individual factories, so that factory management can monitor progress

  •  Sexual Reproductive Health - Chat! Support the factory training team to provide training and video sessions to factory workers, and mobile app download. With support from GSK, CARE will explore other alternatives to be able to improve the app to ensure it is compatible with various smartphone applications

  • Lucky Mother video: To provide coaching support to the factory training team to improve their facilitation skills to encourage workers on maternal and child health.  In addition, further support is required to assist the factory training team to increase their confidence, improve their communication and partnerships with the Ringtone Guy around the factories

  •  Nutrition package: Co-facilitate training with the factory training team, and co-coaching of the food vendor committee to conduct monitoring of food preparation in the food vendor’s houses 

  •  Youth Friendly Services: Co-train with the Municipality of the Health Department to provide refresher training on Youth Friendly Services to health providers at 7 health facilities.  Additional support is required in creating a coaching and implementing guide for the Health Department.

 

Objective 2: Prepare line Ministries (Municipality of Health Department, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training) to continue to take more responsibilities for health services in garment factories

  • The Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training:

    • Develop a coaching guideline with the MoLVT and handover to the Ministry Focal Point so they can monitor implementation in the factory.

    • Engage in conducting coaching and monitoring to 19 factories with CARE staff to provide feedback, reflection meeting at individual factories with factory training teams and factory management to reflect on the progress and challenges that have been observed by the Ministry Focal Point and CARE, and set up the planning for further improvement.

    • Engage in a consultation workshop to develop an exit strategy and handover plan with MoLVT, Garment Manufacturer Association in Cambodia (GMAC), and factory partners

    • Participate in six month reflection meeting with MoLVT, GMAC, and factory partners to reflect on the progress and challenges, and way forward.

 

  •  The Ministry of Health and Municipality Health Department:

    • Develop a coaching guideline with MHD and the MoH on Youth Friendly Services (YFSs) and handover the guideline to MHD and MoH, so they can carry forward the coaching in health facilities, to ensure the service providers are providing responsive services to youth

    •  Establish a coaching plan with the MHD and the MoH.  CARE staff will co-coach with the MHD and MoH’s Focal Points in 7 health facilities.  This will provide CARE with an opportunity to provide feedback

    •  Conduct a reflection meeting with individual health facilities (frontline health providers, and health facility managements) to reflect on the progress and challenges that have been identified and co- lead on planning for for further improvement.

 

Learn more about the impacts of the Health Women, Healthy Workplace phaseI in this publication >

Timeframe

PhaseI: May 2016 - April 2019

PhaseII: Aug 2019 - Dec2020

 

Location

19 garment factories in Phnom Penh & Kandal Provinces and seven health center.

 

Beneficiaries

Garment factory workers, health providers, infirmary staff, factory management

 

Project partners

 

  • Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training (MoLVT)

 

  • Ministry of Health and Phnom Penh Municipal Health Department (MHD)

     

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