|Project||UPGRADING OF HEALTH CENTRES IN KAMPONG LEANG DISTRICT|
To upgrading the health center facilities and referral hospital.
|Project Partners||Ministry of Health, Royal Government of Cambodia|
Conducting nine Outreach Programmes (OP) sessions. Provides refresher trainings to the staff of 36 health centers in the district.
|Locations||Kampong Leang District|
|Period||April - December 2009|
• 9,038 community members participated, consisting of 8,016 female & 1,022 male members. • 21,180 packets of iodised salt were distributed to the participants during the OP sessions and to outpatients seeking medical attention at the health centers. • 10,200 packets of shampoo (a combination of normal and de-licing types) were distributed to the participants during the OP sessions
When conducting a needs assessment in an area, one of MERCY Malaysia’s requirements is to get local input from the beneficiaries to gauge what is really needed in the community. The Kampong Leang project in Cambodia captures the importance of dialogue with the grassroots. During discussions with the community, Programme officer Wendy Neoh discovered that the locals in the Kampong Chhnang Province were quite reluctant to seek services at either the health centers, or the nearest referral hospital (Kampong Leang District Hospital).
MERCY Malaysia’s efforts
As a result of MERCY Malaysia’s project, more villagers had the confidence to visit the health centers and the referral hospital. In 2009, the health centres recorded a higher number of in-patients, out-patients, deliveries and referral cases as compared to 2008.