Mrs Lin Nith and her family reside in Banteay Thleay commune, Takeo Province. Since he was just 20 days old Mrs Nith’s son has suffered from valvular heart disease. The family was forced to travel from hospital to hospital for treatment, only to be told that they would have to wait for a specialist doctor from abroad to perform surgery. This made things difficult for the family emotionally as well as financially.
These journeys cost much more than the family could afford. Fortunately, they learned about Healthy Box, at a time when they needed it the most. Healthy Box in their community allows vulnerable families to borrow money for health-related emergencies that they can re-pay any time without interest. This particular Healthy Box was established in the Banteay Thleay commune in 2017, under World Vision’s Improving Maternal and Child Health (IMCH) grant project.
“I am happy that the Healthy Box could lend me money so easily during my crisis. In addition, I have joined with Sahakum Kon Laor group that teaches me how to make nutritious food for my children. Now my son is growing. He can walk, he can run, he can call for mummy and grandma – I am so excited” (with his progress) Nith said with a bright smile.
World Vision’s Improving Maternal and Child Health grant project is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the government of Japan in collaboration with the Royal Government of Cambodia including the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Rural Development, Provincial Health Departments, Operational Districts, Health Centers and Health Post staff. With additional support from 578 village Health Support Groups, this partnership has made significant contributions to the reduction in maternal and child morbidity and mortality in Kirivong and Koah Andaet districts in Takeo Province.