Better health outcomes in Cambodia

Overview

Contributing to better health outcomes in Cambodia is one of the three key objectives of the Aid Investment Plan 2015-2018.

Access to health care in Cambodia has improved dramatically over the past decade. Maternal mortality ratio has fallen from 472 per 100,000 live births in 2005 to 170 per 100,000 live births in 2014. Similarly, under-five mortality has decreased from 83 per 1,000 live births in 2005 to 35 per 1,000 live births in 2014. Delivering babies in health facilities has increased from 24 per cent in 2005 to 80 per cent in 2014 and full vaccination of children for preventing three common infectious diseases and hepatitis B has increased from 79 per cent in 2005 to 98 per cent in 2014.

However, quality of care in the public health system remains low. The private health sector is largely unregulated with many informal and low-quality private providers.

Australia’s health program in Cambodia improves access to quality health services for the poorest Cambodians. Australia is the largest bilateral donor assisting the Cambodian Government to deliver essential health care, particularly to poor and marginalised groups. We also partner with non-government organisations to improve reproductive, maternal and neonatal care in remote provinces.

Our programs deliver great results in a challenging area. Through the combined efforts of the Cambodian Government, Australian Government, and other development partners, the poorest 20 per cent of Cambodians (approximately 3.0 million people) have access to free essential health care. As a result of our joint performance-based funding schemes, health facilities across the country are better equipped and staff are more motivated to work. Midwives are improving their skills, particularly in the remote north-east provinces. With Australian support, vulnerable young women working in twelve garment factories now have access to better reproductive health information and services.

Related initiatives

Health Equity and Quality Improvement Initiative

$55.04 million, 2016-2021

Australia is leading discussions on health finance reform with the Ministries of Health, Economy and Finance, including advocating for more efficient and effective use of the Cambodian Government’s own health budget.

Australia is collaborating with the World Bank and other development partners on the Health Equity and Quality Improvement Project (H-EQIP). H-EQIP is providing performance-based funding directly to health centres and hospitals to help them deliver tangible improvements in health services. Through H-EQIP, and in partnership with the German Development Agency (GIZ) and the Cambodian Ministry of Planning we are also identifying the poorest Cambodians (through the Identification of Poor Household Program) and reimbursing their essential health care costs.

Australia previously supported the health sector through the Second Health Sector Support Program (2009-2016). This program concluded on 30 June 2016.

Related documents*

Name of document Year published Type
Gender Analysis of the Cambodian Health Sector 2011 Evaluation report
Human Resources for Health in Maternal and Child Health: Mid Term Report – Jan-June 2013 2013 Report
Cambodia Second Health Sector Support Program: Annual Performance Monitoring Report 2013 2014 Report
Cambodian Ministry of Health: Annual Health Financing Report 2013 2014 Report
Identification of Poor Households Program: Annual Progress Report 2013-14 2014 Report
Human Resources for Health in Maternal and Child Health: Mid Term Report – Jan-June 2014 2014 Report
Cambodia Second Health Sector Support Program: Annual Performance Monitoring Report 2014 2015 Report
Cambodian Ministry of Health: Annual Health Workforce Report 2014 2015 Report
Cambodian Ministry of Health: Annual Health Financing Report 2014 2015 Report
Identification of Poor Households Program: Annual Progress Report 2014-15 2015 Report
Human Resources for Health in Maternal and Child Health: Annual Report 2014 2015 Report
Human Resources for Health in Maternal and Child Health: Mid Term Report – Jan-June 2015 2015 Report
Support for Reproductive Health Commodities Security in Cambodia: Final Report 2015 Report
Human Resources for Health Project: Final Report 2016 Report
Local Development through Decentralized Health Services: End of Project Report – February 2016 2016 Report
Identification of Poor Households Program Phase 2: Final Completion Report 2016 Report
Cambodian Ministry of Health: Summary of Health Sector Progress 2015 2016 Report
Cambodia Second Health Sector Support Program: Annual Performance Monitoring Report 2015 2016 Report

Partnering to Save Lives (PSL) Program

$19.75 million, 2013-2018

In 2013, we launched Partnering to Save Lives, a partnership between CARE, Save the Children, Marie Stopes International, the Australian Government and the Royal Government of Cambodia. Partnering to Save Lives improves reproductive, maternal and neonatal care, particularly in Cambodia’s four remote north-eastern provinces. Partnering to Save Lives also provides reproductive health information and services, including to young women working in Cambodia’s garment factories.

Related documents*

Name of document Year published Type
Partnering to Save Lives: Factsheet 2013 Publication
Partnering to Save Lives: Six Monthly Report – 1 August 2013 - 31 January 2014 2014 Evaluation report
Partnering to Save Lives: Year 1 Annual Report 2014 Annual report
Partnering to Save Lives: Learning Updates – August 2014 2014 Publication
Partnering to Save Lives: Six Monthly Report 1 August 2014 - 31 January 2015 2015 Six-monthly report
Partnering to Save Lives: Learning Updates – June 2015 2015 Publication
Partnering to Save Lives: Year 2 Annual Report 2015 Annual report
Partnering to Save Lives: Mid-Term Review and Management Response 2015 Evaluation report
Partnering to Save Lives: Six Monthly Report – 1 August 2015 - 31 January 2016 2016 Six-monthly report
Partnering to Save Lives: Year 3 Annual Report 2016 Annual report
Partnering to Save Lives: Factsheet 2016 2016 Publication
Partnering to Save Lives: Learning Updates – October 2016 2016 Publication
Partnering to Save Lives, Six-Monthly Report, Aug 2016 – Jan 2017 2017 Evaluation report

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Last Updated: 2 May 2017