Nurseries and health services for workers and their children in Cambodia :

Improve access to health services and early childhood services for the workers of the textile industry in Cambodia

Why ?

Cambodia currently has 15.9 million inhabitants, including about 1 million workers in the textile industry in nearly 1,000 plants, located mainly in the province of Kampong Speu and the city of Phnom Penh. The textile industry in Cambodia is today, along with tourism, the most important industry in the country, representing 80% of exports. The vast majority of textile workers are women, aged 15 to 40. Within textile factories, access to care is made difficult especially in rural areas, because the supply of quality care is very underdeveloped. Workers have long commutes and public health centres have opening hours which are incompatible with the workers’ schedules. Nurseries at factories, as specified in labour law, are only very rarely functional, due to lack of authority to proceed, as well as because they lack the skills within the factories.

How ?

The Planète Enfants & Développement project is based on the current Cambodian Government initiative, which wants to develop a new legal framework and new guidelines concerning the establishment of social services within companies. Planète Enfants & Développement and its partners, including the local association Krousar Yeoung, will work together on the issues of reproductive and maternal health and early childhood, including all stakeholders: owners of factories, Government, unions, workers.

The project revolves around 2 specific objectives:

– Implementation of a pilot and impact assessment projects of the new services of company nurseries and reproductive and maternal health in the factories.

– Advocacy and dissemination: support to the Government, civil society and the private sector in the process of framing and implementing social services in the company.

For whom ?

  • 14 childcare workers
  • 140 0-3 year old children who receive nursery places, as well as their working parents
  • 1,200 workers in 12 pilot factories
  • 40 peer educators – staff workers
  • Government teams
  • The inspection teams and experts from the Ministry of Labour

Location: City of Phnom Penh and Kampong Speu province
Project duration: 3 years