Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday announced to distribute money to help pregnant women from the poor families during their pregnancy and baby deliveries by the middle of next year.
Speaking at the 11th anniversary of the Cambodian Veteran Day at Phnom Penh’s Koh Pich center, Mr Hun Sen said that poor pregnant women will be paid by the government during their pregnancy and delivery.
“When she is pregnant, she will get money from the government in three phases—first is 40, 000 riel or US$10 when she starts to be pregnant, second, she will get 200, 000 riel or $50 when she gives birth, and the third, she will be provided 40, 000 riel for ten times after a baby is born until the baby is 2 year old,” Mr Hun Sen said.
He said that the government will disburse nearly $5 million for the first year and increases it to more than $7 million for the second year and spend more than $10 million for the third year.
“I want to take this opportunity to announce a new policy providing the money to help the poor people and previously, we helped pregnant women working for the armed forces and civil society by providing them 800, 000 riel or $200 when they gave birth” he said, adding that so far more than 20, 000 female garment workers gave births and received money form the government.
The government is prepared to pay at least $10 million per year to female workers who bear children.