MERCY Malaysia aims to improve the quality of the delivery as well as the coverage of the general medical services of health centers by:
- Conducting refresher training for the health center staff (applicable for all health centers)
- Upgrading the facilities of the health centers through renovation works (applicable for Kampong Hau HC only)
- Equipping the health center with relevant medical equipment and drugs (applicable for Kampong Hau HC only)
- Strengthening the existing referral system by putting in place motorcycle and/or motorboat ambulances.
Additionally, MERCY Malaysia aims to promote and disseminate best hygiene practices and health education to the surrounding communities through Outreach Programs.
MERCY Malaysia has traditionally focused on rapid medical response to assist those affected by disasters. This project aims at providing medium and longer term relief as well as capacity building through human resources and infrastructure development which will be conducted in one year. The program will be effective for sustaining life and improving the beneficiaries' quality of life.
All of the implementation process will be done both by MERCY Malaysia and its partners. MERCY Malaysia is involved in every activity below.
ACTIVITY: Human Resources Department
For staff of all four health centers, refresher training for health center staff will be conducted as per the module by the Kampong Chhnang Provincial Health Department. This includes:
- Behavior change communication (BCC)
- General diseases (symptoms and treatment)
- Health management
This is to ensure that the right staff is in the right place and most importantly with the right skills and attitudes. After the completion of the refresher training, these trained staff will then disseminate the information to the surrounding communities through Outreach Programs.
The team composition of the Outreach Program consists of two health center staff (one midwife and one nurse) and two volunteers (one male and one female) from the village. Some of the main activities of the program are stated below:
- Ante-natal and post-natal care
- Birth spacing
- Vitamin A distribution
- Health education
The Outreach Program team will visit each village twice to conduct the above-mentioned activities to ensure maximum coverage and impact to the communities. There are 17 villages in Kg. Leaeng District whereby 8 villages are located more than 10km away from the nearest health center and 9 villages are located less than 10km away. MERCY Malaysia is to sponsor this program for a period of one year as per requested by the Provincial Health Department.
ACTIVITY: Infrastructure Development
For Kampong Hay Health Center only:
- Purchasing relevant medical equipment as well as renovating the health center
- Sustaining the cold chain for the vaccines by providing gas tanks (1 tank lasts max 28 days)
- Improving on the existing range and quantity of drugs/supplements in the HCs
- Improving on the coverage of the medical services delivery by providing the health centers with motorcycle and/or motorboat ambulances
MERCY Malaysia aim to meet the following performance targets:
- 100% completion of conducting the refresher training for 38 health center staff
- 100% completion of two visits of the Outreach Programs in 17 villages by PHD
Infant and child mortality rates in Cambodia have actually risen over the recent years and the maternal morbidity and mortality ratio remains unacceptably high. Approximately 2,900 women and girls die each year due to pregnancy-related complications. Additionally, another 58,000 to 87,000 Cambodian women and girls suffer from disabilities caused by complications during pregnancy and childbirth every year. Around half of the children are malnourished. The burden of communicable diseases, especially malaria, tuberculosis, and HIV/AIDS is heavy.
The project is designed to support the Royal Government of Cambodia Ministry of Health's mission to ensure sector-wide equitable, quality health care for all by targeting resources, especially to the poor and to areas in greatest need. Kampong Chhnang Province is situated in the center of the country, right beside the Tonle Sap. It has 8 districts, 69 communes and 561 villages. It is expected that the province's population will increase to 596,000 by 2010.
SEEKING: financial resources, implementing partners, best practices information. Funding for this project has been committed or put aside by MERCY Malaysia. Funding is from public & corporate donation, drawn from MERCY Malaysia's Humanitarian Fund.