Cambodia’s national wealth has steadily been increasing since their first democratic elections in 1993, but a third of the population still do not have the resources they need to live healthy lives.

  • Average life expectancy is just 63.
  • A third of children under five in Cambodia are malnourished.
  • One woman in every 110 to give birth dies.

Health Poverty Action has been working in Cambodia since 1990. We are currently working in three remote provinces strengthening indigenous communities and communities affected by conflict.

All of the provinces in which we work, Ratanakiri, Preah Vihear and Mondulkiri, are remote, have limited infrastructure and are underserved by both government and other development organisations.

We comprehensively tackle all the causes of ill health. At present we are addressing tuberculosis, malaria, reproductive health, maternal health, nutrition, support to community health workers and health structures, sanitation, improving access to water, improving income generation, food security.

Alongside all of our projects we are also addressing social exclusion and the lack of indigenous people’s political status, as this is at the root of many of the problems indigenous people face.

In Ratanakiri and Mondulkiri we have established two Indigenous Peoples Health Associations. The organisations are staffed by people from the indigenous communities in these provinces and are now independently registered organisations.

“We need traditional birth attendants because of a shortage of midwives” Dr Weng, Health Poverty Action’s Provincial Programme Manager in Cambodia.

Health Poverty Action’s work in Cambodia is supported by The European Commission and The Big Lottery Fund.

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