Cambodia Country Program

Commitment to better health in Cambodia

Increasing the reach of lifesaving health interventions

Since 1995, PATH has been a partner in Cambodia’s public health efforts. We are helping to support the reconstruction of a health system that was largely destroyed during the 1970s, building capacity across the public, private, and civil-society sectors. By collaborating with local and international partners—including government agencies, public- and private-sector health service providers, nongovernmental organizations, United Nations agencies, and community groups—we are addressing priority health issues and increasing the reach of lifesaving health interventions.

Childhood immunization

PATH and the Cambodia Ministry of Health have worked together since 2001 to increase access to new and underutilized childhood vaccines. We have supported the phased introduction of critical vaccines, including those against hepatitis B and Japanese encephalitis.

Our projects have facilitated improvements at all levels of the health system. At the community level, we help communicate the benefits of vaccination to families. At the district level, we assist health authorities in developing detailed plans for increasing the number of vaccinated children. And at the national level, we provide technical support to the National Immunization Program.

Reproductive and child health

Our public-private mix model and other strategies help improve access to important health services for women and children.

Our program has trained private pharmacy staff and developed referral networks to public-sector reproductive and child health services. Our aim is to provide timely access to services for diarrhea, childhood pneumonia, unintended pregnancy, emergency and ongoing contraception, and sexually transmitted infections.

We work with the Ministry of Health to reduce diarrheal disease and childhood pneumonia by updating policies and technical guidelines and developing comprehensive plans to prevent and treat the diseases.

To reduce the burden of diarrheal disease, we’re exploring how commercial enterprises can produce, distribute, and maintain high-quality household water treatment and storage products designed and priced for low-income families.

Tuberculosis, malaria, and HIV/AIDS

A critical part of our work is alleviating the burden of major infectious diseases in Cambodia, including tuberculosis, malaria, and HIV/AIDS. Our PROMDAN project focused on HIV prevention among migrant laborers crossing from Cambodia into Thailand. During its ten-year history, this collaboration with Cambodian Women for Peace and Development provided education, family support, and advocacy to address the issues that make migrants and their families vulnerable to HIV.

Now we collaborate with the National Tuberculosis Program to strengthen partners and integrate our public-private mix approach into activities and programs. We also work with the National Center for Parasitology, Entomology, and Malaria Control to prevent and contain artemisinin-resistant malarial parasites along Cambodia’s border with Thailand. In the private sector, our team supports efforts to improve malaria diagnosis, treatment, referrals, and data collection.

Banner photo: Heng Chivoan.

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