Priority area Health Ensuring health care for poor people

The Cambodian health system has continuously improved since the 1990s. Despite clear progress, however, the relatively high number of deaths among mothers and newborn babies still occurring in Cambodia compared with other countries is cause for concern.

Mothers and children participating in a growth study are waiting in a waiting room in Prey Veng, Cambodia.

Mothers and children participating in a growth study are waiting in a waiting room in Prey Veng, Cambodia.

Mothers and children participating in a growth study are waiting in a waiting room in Prey Veng, Cambodia.

There is a marked difference between healthcare delivery in towns and cities and health care in rural areas, and between the services available to the rich and those available to poor people. The quality of the services provided is often inferior.

The government has given itself the goal of setting up a comprehensive nationwide system of social protection. Germany, together with other donors, is assisting the Cambodian government in realising this goal, for example through a health fund.

Through its development cooperation, Germany is also assisting the Cambodian government in introducing clinical safeguards, training health personnel, and setting up an accreditation system for private and public health services.

In order to contribute to mother and child health, the quality of emergency care for mothers and newborn babies is being improved. For example, midwives are being given special training in dealing with complicated births.