Delivering a baby is strenuous enough, but imagine spending two hours on a motorbike, a ferry and a rickshaw just to get to the nearest health centre to give birth.
That’s what happened to 26-year old So phorn when she delivered her first baby three years ago in Cambodia.
But such journeys are now relegated to the past, thanks to a joint partnership between the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the European Union.
They have helped build a concrete bridge spanning the 40-metre wide Kampong Sdam river, thus linking two communes in Cambodia — Chroy Svay and Boeung Preav — and improving the lives of their residents.
UNDP’s Angelique Reid reports.