- A population of nearly 15 million in an area five times the size of The Netherlands
- 75% of the population lives in rural areas in extreme poverty, with little or no education
- Poor infrastructure in remote areas
- Industrialization is minimal. Agriculture is the main source of income
- There is a high dependence on international NGOs
- Economic growth is minimal and only since 1999 (after 30 years of war)
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What does the Eye Care Foundation do?
Since 1999 the Eye Care Foundation provides support to eye care in Cambodia. The aid is meant for people who are socially and economically disadvantaged. Our main focus is on building a strong and comprehensive eye care network; to provide good and affordable eye care in the provinces by establishing high-quality eye departments in every hospital. These eye departments are responsible for eye care throughout the province. The Eye Care Foundation works in collaboration with the National Eye Health Program (NEHP), which falls under the Department of Health. The NEHP is supported by the World Health Organization (WHO).
In Cambodia, we are working in collaboration with the National Program for Eye Health (Ministry of Health) through partnerships with the Provincial Health Services in eight provinces, Ratanakiri, Mondulkiri, Kratie, Svay Rieng, and Tbong Khmum and the three border provinces Preah Vihear, Oddar Meanchey and Pailin, implementing eye care programs to ensure access to eye health services for the most marginalized communities including women and children, people with disabilities and ethnic minority groups. Additionally, we sustained support to the Ophthalmology Residency Training (ORT) at the University of Health Sciences (UHS) health services. International visiting lecturers, teaching equipment, and contribution towards the development of the UHS strategic plan (2019-2023) were provided by us.
We played a major role in the preparation and implementation of the RAAB study. During the dissemination ceremony, we were rewarded by the Secretary of State of the Ministry of Health with a special award. During the Second Annual Partnership Review Workshop for Eye Health Programs, representatives from the eight provinces attended the one-day workshop opened by His Excellency Professor Eng Huot, Secretary of State of Ministry of Health. Marguerite Goulding, a volunteer at ECF, received an award for her support in the production of the English version of the UHS publication “Five Years Achievement of the UHS”.
The Cambodia office in Phnom Penh was opened in 2007. The country representative, Pol Sambath, supervises the projects. He is assisted by senior program manager Thong Chun Leng. Sambath and Leng are assisted by Ouk Somuny who is responsible for the administration and finances. Marguerite Anne Goulding works as a volunteer at the Eye Care Foundation office in Cambodia. The country representative reports to Yvonne Reifler, the head of projects for the Eye Care Foundation. Dutch ophthalmologist Wouter Groothuizen works on a voluntary basis as a medical advisor for our projects in Cambodia.
Contact details Eye Care Foundation Cambodia
Tonle Bassac, Chamkar Morn
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
M. +85512 489628