Sochu Lim, a sewing machine operator in Cambodia, never really felt well before Project HOPE came along.
“I used to be tired and dizzy before, and I thought it was because of my job,” she said.
But Sochu was one of 14,507 workers in seven factories able to get the kind of preventative and curative health services that are rarely available in developing countries, thanks to Project HOPE’s HealthWorks program.
“I was able to get diagnosed by a doctor and received proper medication and information. I want this program to continue in my factory,” said Sochu, who learned that she was anemic.
First results of this pioneering program suggest that companies could massively improve the lives and well-being of workforces in places like Southeast Asia. The women received pre- and post-natal health services and improved their knowledge and awareness of family planning, nutrition and healthy behaviors, such as hand washing. HealthWorks has already been expanded to Indonesia, where 8,865 women working in factories have already benefited from the program.
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