Improving access to health and sanitation of vulnerable, relocated communities in Koh Kong Province in Cambodia
- Identification number: CzDA-KH-2015-7-12220
- Total anticipated budget: 6 852 688 CZK
- Implementation period: 2015 - 2017
- Project location: Cambodia
- Sector: Health
- Grant, public tender and budgetary measure within the project:
Grant: Improving Access to Health and Sanitation of Vulnerable, Relocated Communities in Koh Kong Province in Cambodia
Implementing Partner: People in Need
Budget for 2015: 2 000 000 CZK
Budget for 2016: 2 000 000 CZK
Budget for 2017: 2 000 000 CZK
Since 2010 more than 4,000 people have been displaced in Koh Kong Province. Whilst compensated to some degree, the relocation from coastal and low land areas to inland hilly locations has severely affected these communities’ lifestyles and livelihoods resulting in loss of income and access to basic social services.
The project aims at supporting the livelihoods of the target communities, and improving their access to WASH and basic Health services. As a result of this intervention, more than 1400 households will gain access to basic WASH and Health Services and Infrastructure. Health and hygiene promotion through community outreach (Community Led Total Sanitation- CLTS) and through a Mobile Health messaging (mHealth) program will further enhance positive behavior change in relation to ante and post-natal care, nutrition, sanitation and hygiene.
28.2% of households in Takeo province live below the poverty line. According to official statistics, 80% of the population lives in rural areas, the majority of them peasants with no access to ophthalmological care. Official data indicate that a large percentage (77%) of the populated has never undergone an ophthalmological check. The fact, that 80% of the population lives in remote areas with little access to information on healthcare and with poor health infrastructure is a major obstacle. The project therefore aims at improving the health condition of the impoverished rural population in Takeo province. More specifically, it focuses on ophthalmology through the support of existing health centres, especially the Caritas Takeo Eye Hospital. By the means of this project, the health infrastructure in the area of ophthalmology will be supported on the local, provincial, as well as national level.