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Cambodia Eliminates Trachoma – Leading Infectious Cause of Blindness

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA, 12 October 2017 - At the 68th Session of the Regional Committee Meeting of the WHO Western Pacific Region in Brisbane, Australia; the World Health Organization (WHO) handed over the Certificate of Recognizes Elimination Trachoma to the Ministry of Health of Cambodia.

Cambodia has reached a major achievement by eliminating Trachoma as a public health problem. Trachoma is an eye disease caused by infection with Chlamydia trachomatis bacteria. It is the leading infectious cause of blindness worldwide.

United Nations Interagency Task Force on the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases Joint Country Mission to Cambodia

PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA, 07-11 August 2017 - The United Nations Inter-Agency Task Force on the Prevention and Control of NCDs (UNIATF) Joint Mission witnessed the Royal Government of Cambodia’s significant commitment to universal health coverage, to protecting the poor and vulnerable populations, and its notable efforts to tackle NCDs. The Government has developed a National Multisectoral Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of NCDs 2018–2026, which is a clear framework for action across several areas and identifies different roles for multiple ministries.

During a meeting with His Excellency Yim Chhay Ly, the Deputy Prime Minister stressed his commitment to tackling NCDs and recognized the need for a multisectoral response. He agreed on the need to target multiple risk factors and diseases and included a new focus on air pollution.

Give blood, Give now, Give often

PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA, 14 June 2017, National Blood Transfusion Centre - Blood transfusion saves lives and improves health, but many patients requiring transfusion do not have timely access to safe blood. Providing safe and adequate blood should be an integral part of every country’s national health-care policy and infrastructure. Blood donation by 1% of the population can meet a nation’s most basic requirements for blood.

On World Blood Donor Day 2017, WHO is emphasizing the role that every individual can play in preparing for the next unforeseen emergency by giving blood.

World Health Day - Depression: Let’s Talk

On 7 April 2017, WHO Cambodia country office celebrated World Health Day by joining the worldwide campaign on mental health. Worldwide, more than 300 million people now live with depression, an increase of more than 18% between 2005 and 2015. The goal of the campaign is to raise awareness and ensure that more people with depression seek and get help.

The WHO Global Health Estimates show that 3.4% of Cambodians are affected by depressive disorders. The Government of Cambodia established the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse in 2014 and recently declared mental health a priority.

On that occasion, the Ministry of Health held a press conference with mental health experts to raise awareness of depression and its related discrimination issues.

Rehabilitation 2030: A Call for Action

There is a substantial and ever-increasing unmet need for rehabilitation worldwide, which is particularly profound in low- and middle-income countries. The availability of accessible and affordable rehabilitation is necessary for many people with health conditions to remain as independent as possible, to participate in education, to be economically productive, and fulfil meaningful life roles.

Bringing stakeholders together in the Rehabilitation 2030: A Call for Action meeting provided an invaluable opportunity to discuss the strategic direction for coordinated action and establish joint commitments to raise the profile of rehabilitation as a health strategy relevant to the whole population, across the lifespan and the continuum of care.

Ms. Cheat Sokha is the founder and director of the Spinal Cord Injury Association of Cambodia. She was invited by WHO to participate and deliver her personal testimonial at the Rehabilitation 2030: A Call for Action meeting organized by the WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland on 6-7 February 2017.

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