PM: Reproductive Health Empowers Women and Sustains Development

AKP Phnom Penh, July 12, 2018 —

Realisation of reproductive health does not only empower women, but also contributes indispensably to Cambodia’s sustainable development.

This is a key message of a letter from Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen to cheer the July 11 World Population Day.

Decision about the number of children and birth spacing is the right of husband and wife, particularly it builds women’s courage of how many children they want and when, and to access reproductive services, he added.

Samdech Techo Prime Minister also called for intimate collaboration among government’s competent institutions and development partners including United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and World Health Organisation (WHO) to continue promoting reproductive health in Cambodia.

‘Family Planning is a Human Right’ which is the theme of this year’s observance of the world population day is very fit, underlined the Premier, adding that promoting the right will positively contribute to human resource and sustainable development in Cambodia.

The world is facing continuous rise of population – as of 2018 its population is 7,632 million, and it is projected to increase to eight billion by 2023.

Cambodia’s population in 2018 is about 16 million, and it is estimated to reach 18 million in 2030.

Though the country’s population growth rate declined from 1.75 percent in 2009 to 1.4 percent in 2018, it remains high compared to the world’s current 1.09 percent – 0.9 in Asia, 0.35 in East Asia, 0.71 in United States of America, and 0.08 in Europe.

According to an online source, the World Population Day, originated since 1989, is an annual event that seeks to raise awareness of global population issues.

By Mom Chandara Soleil