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 have partnered with government to support the reconstruction of a health system that was largely destroyed during the 1970s. By building capacity across the public, private, and civil-society sectors and collaborating with local and international partners PATH has played an important role in addressing priority health issues and increasing the reach of lifesaving health interventions. From 1999-2014, PATH maintained an office in the Cambodian capital city, Phnom Penh. Currently, we support activities in Cambodia from our Mekong Region office in Hanoi, Vietnam.
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 have helped communicate the benefits of vaccination to families. At the district level, we have assisted 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 improved access to important health services for women and children.
Our program trained private pharmacy staff and developed referral networks to public-sector reproductive and child health services. Our work was instrumental in supporting timely access to services for diarrhea, childhood pneumonia, unintended pregnancy, emergency and ongoing contraception, and sexually transmitted infections.
We worked 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 explored 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 PATH’s work is alleviating the burden of major infectious diseases, including tuberculosis, malaria, and HIV/AIDS. Our PROMDAN project in Cambodia 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.
From 2005-2011 we collaborated 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.
Improving access to clean cooking fuel
Eliminating air pollution in homes is important for the prevention of childhood deaths from pneumonia. When people cook and heat their homes daily with biomass fuels such as coal, wood, and crop residue they release small particulates that lead to serious illness when inhaled continuously. PATH and our partners in Cambodia are developing a strategy to make liquid-petroleum gas, which produces virtually no emissions, available to low-income consumers. By streamlining the supply chain, providing consumer financing, and using direct marketing, we are helping families maintain a clean home environment and protect their families from disease. See fact sheet for more information.
Banner photo: Heng Chivoan.