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Celebrating International Women’s Day 2018: Phannsy Sroeu, Head of Nutrition Team and Lead Breastfeeding Counsellor

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we’re profiling a few of the wonderful women who work at AHC as doctors, nurses, laboratory specialists, and more.

Phannsy Sroeu is the head of the Nutrition Team and our Lead Breastfeeding Counsellor. She has worked at AHC for 13 years. Originally from Pursat Province, she graduated from Battambang Regional Training Centre for Health with a degree in Nursing and Midwifery.

Phannsy decided to study nursing because she wanted to work with babies and new mothers. She says she wanted to help babies grow up strong and healthy, and her passion for breastfeeding comes from that.

In her day-to-day work, she does a variety of nutrition and breastfeeding-related tasks, from consulting with patients directly to collaborating with hospital staff. Some examples: she meets with poor families who request food donations and makes sure they get the fruits, vegetables, and other healthy ingredients they and their children need. She monitors the charts of malnutrition patients from every unit and makes clinical nutrition suggestions when needed. She does breastfeeding and nutrition counselling directly with patients. She works with doctors on special cases, such as children with cleft palates, abnormal oral structures, and premature babies with feeding problems. She also creates and presents lectures about nutrition and breastfeeding to nurses and doctors and collects nutrition and breastfeeding data to track progress across the hospital.

Phannsy says she enjoys her job, especially working directly with new mothers and babies and providing nutrition and feeding counselling. Her goals for the future? To be a strong nurse who is compassionate with patients and continues to share specialised knowledge with nurses, doctors, and medical students at AHC and other provincial hospitals.

She says there are many women working in her field and she hopes other women will continue to study nursing and nutrition and join her. The benefit of studying science, she says, is that it “allows us to develop new technologies, solve practical problems, and make informed decisions both individually and collectively.’

‘Studying science [also] shows us the scientific endeavours and accomplishments of women who came before us, the barriers they have faced, and the strategies they implemented to be able to do their work.”

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