Names: Phan Chinda, They Kheam, and Chhay Satia of the National Institute of Statistics/Ministry of Planning; Sok Kosal, Loun Mondol, and Lam Phirun of the Directorate General for Health/Ministry of Health; and Sarah Balian of The DHS Program
Country of origin: Cambodia
When not working, favorite place to visit:
Lom Phirun: Washington, DC.
What has been the nicest surprise visiting The DHS Program HQ?
Chhay Satia: It’s a nice place with friendly people.
What do you miss most about home when you are here?
Loun Mondol: Food and family.
What is your favorite DHS final report cover?
All: 2014 Cambodia DHS with Angkor Wat Temple.
Favorite DHS chapter or indicator, and why?
Sok Kosal: Domestic violence, because it’s a new chapter for Cambodia and it specifies the different experiences of violence.
What population or health issue are you most passionate about? Why?
Sok Kosal: Child health is an important issue because it alerts us to take attention on child immunizations and illnesses.
Chhay Satia: I believe domestic violence is an important issue for Cambodian culture as it’s not right to treat women badly.
They Kheam: Abortion at home, because this could be caused by a mother or woman’s health problems.
Phan Chinda: Child mortality is a key topic because it is very important for Cambodia’s strategy and policy.
How do you hope the DHS data from your country will be used?
Sok Kosal: Cambodia DHS data should be used for program management and policy formation, especially monitoring and evaluation of Cambodia’s 2015 Millennium Development Goals.
What have you learned from the DHS experience?