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Journey Towards Health for All in Cambodia

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, 7 April 2018 – The Ministry of Health along with WHO, JICA and GIZ convened the Cambodia Universal Health Coverage Forum on 5-6 April, 2018 to commemorate World Health Day. This year’s World Health Day marked the 70th anniversary of the establishment of WHO and had as its theme ‘Health for All – Universal Health Coverage: Everyone, Everywhere’. The two-day Cambodia Universal Health Coverage Forum was the first of its kind and convened over 120 stakeholders including policy makers from both national and provincial health departments, representatives from various Ministries, civil society, development partners, and international experts to consider the path towards universal health coverage for Cambodia.

Cambodia addresses increase of reported Malaria cases

PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA, 9 March 2018 – The National Center for Parasitology, Entomology and Malaria Control (CNM) has confirmed an increase of malaria cases which started mid 2017, at the National Malaria Conference on 22 February.

Joining the efforts of countries in the Greater Mekong Subregion, Cambodia has made significant progress in reducing its total number of malaria cases by 42%, between 2012 and 2016. Furthermore, there has been an impressive decrease of deaths due to malaria, from 46 in 2012 to 1 death in 2017.


PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA, 9 February 2018 – Cambodia has been selected to receive dedicated international support from the United Nations to take action on tobacco use.

The Governments of the United Kingdom and Australia has generously provided funds under the new project to accelerate the implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) in low- and middle-income countries. Cambodia is one of 15 countries that will receive dedicated assistance through the project for strengthened tobacco control.

Assistant Director-General Dr. Naoko Yamamoto advocates for universal health coverage towards Health for All in Cambodia

PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA, 5 February 2018 – WHO Assistant Director-General Dr. Naoko Yamamoto led a high-level visit to understand Cambodia’s progress and challenges towards universal health coverage from 2-4 February 2018.

Dr. Yamamoto met with H.E. Dr Mam Bunheng, Minister of Health, and H.E. Dr Or Vandine, Director-General for Heath, who reiterated the Royal Government of Cambodia’s commitment to move towards universal health coverage, and highlighted recent initiatives to improve quality at primary care level, to provide financial support to all pregnant women, and to ensure health coverage for 3 millions Cambodians who otherwise could not afford health services.

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.

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  • Op-Ed for the World Health Day 2016
    07 April 2016 - One of the main goals of the World Health Day 2016 campaign is to create greater awareness about the rise of diabetes worldwide, and particularly in low- and middle-income countries. Diabetes is no longer a disease of predominantly rich nations. The disease has been on the rise everywhere, but the prevalence of diabetes has risen faster in low- and middle-income countries over the past decade than in high-income countries.
  • World Rabies Day in Cambodia in 2014: Rabies remains a public health issue
    26 September 2014 - Rabies is one of the oldest disease known and remains of public health and economic significance in most parts of Asia. Rabies is caused by a virus and transmitted from animal to humans, for which there is still not treatment available once a patient develops the symptoms.