Cambodia – Health Clinic & Immunisation Program
Current Socio-Economic and Health Situation in Cambodia
Cambodia has been recording high economic growth since the 2000s after its liberal economic policies and integration with global economy. While such economic progress improved the health status of the nation indirectly, a national health reform introduced in 1995 has also improved the overall health services.
Despite improvements achieved in access to health care, challenges remain in a number of areas including high maternal, child and neonatal mortality, malnutrition (especially in children and women), limited access to safe water and sanitation, as well as a growing epidemic of communicable and noncommunicable diseases. Disparities in health outcomes due to socio-economic status and access to health care services for rural people are also a major issue of concern.
According to a 2015 World Health Organisation study;
- Population of Cambodia is 15.4 mn with 3 mn people live under extreme poverty (with less than US$1.25 a day per person). Vast majority of extreme poor (93%) live in rural Cambodia.
- 35% of population do not have access to clean drinking water and 52% do not have access to a sanitation facility.
- Of the children under 5 years of age; 41% of were stunted and 29% were underweight.
- Patient out-of-pocket payments make up for 74% of health and 77% of pharmaceutical expenditures, which represent a major affordability hurdle for people living under poverty.
- Due to lack of access to health care facilities and affordable medication, mortality rates (from curable / preventable diseases such as HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria) are high among locals.
- Degree of risk for food, waterborne or vectorborne diseases is also very high in Cambodia. Bacterial diarrhoea, hepatitis A, typhoid fever and dengue fever are prevalent across the Country.
Proposed Health Care Program in Cambodia
Despite recent improvements, there is still a vast unfulfilled demand for health care facilities especially in rural parts of Cambodia. While many health facilities in Cambodia were destroyed during decades of conflict, quality of health care in existing facilities are also poor. To improve this situation, Kingdom of Cambodia is reconstructing its public health system and inviting international NGOs such as Australian Relief Organisation as development partners.
To assist Cambodians access better health services, Australian Relief Organisation have recently developed a four-partite partnership model.
Under the supervision of Cambodian Ministry of Health and Cambodian Government Ministry of Rural Development, proposed health care program aims to establish / improve the working conditions of 5 health care centers by 2020. As a general rule, our local partner Mekong Charity will be the focal point in Cambodia for implementation while we will be raising program funding. Upon completion, these health care centers are estimated to serve 15,000 locals in total.
In our first health care project, we aim to
- refurbish and upgrade an existing clinic in rural Battambang,
- purchase new equipment and
- supply yearly medication and vaccination for the complex.
The renovated health care centre aims to provide quality health care for the entire community in its region without a gap payment from poor local patients.
Existing Building and its Condition in Battambang
|New patient building addition||Walls, windows, doors, paint, roof works, tiles and other||Completed|
|Equipment Purchase||Stretcher Bed x 4
Blood Pressure Monitor x 4
Oximeter x 2
Computer x 1
Water dispenser x 1
Printer x 1
|Medicine Supply||Medication including Aluminum Hydroxide, Buscopan, Paracetamol, Multivitamin, Vaccinations and others||$ 10,500|
Overall cost of this initiative is AU$ 34,500 and donors have the option of fully or partially sponsor the project.
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