HI’s work in Cambodia aims to reduce preventable impairments, to improve access to high quality health and rehabilitation services for people with disabilities, and to promote their social and economic independence.
HI has been working in Cambodia since 1982, however, between 1982 and 1986, HI worked under the umbrella of American Friend Service Committee. In 1987, HI started to operate under its own name. Today, HI is recognized in the country as a major disability actor. Although there have been many achievements, we can highlight the following:
- Rehabilitation sector
- Mine sector
- Road Safety
- Mother and Child health
Today, the organisation continues to support provincial rehabilitation centres in Kampong Cham to ensure they provide quality services and to ensure the sustainability of the sector. There are more and more victims of road traffic injuries, people who had a stroke and congenital deficiencies who are coming at the rehabilitation centre. To this end, the organisation is training staff and improving the centres’ management systems. In Kampong Cham every year, more than 2.500 people with disabilities receive adapted rehabilitation services (including physiotherapy, counselling and assistive devices.
HI focuses on access to rehabilitation care for all, and early childhood development. Early childhood is a crucial window of opportunity to prepare the foundation for life-long learning and participation. The organisation is also working to promote the economic inclusion of people with disabilities, so as to reduce poverty and social exclusion in a sustainable way. The organisation promotes participation of every citizen, including vulnerable people in local governance.
Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, HI has continued to help the world’s most vulnerable people. We have adapted our interventions in more than 45 countries.