BIOS Stakeholders meeting

Phnom Penh, 18 March 2019

On 18 March 2019, the National Institute of Public Health (NIPH) organised in Cambodia (Himawari Hotel, Phnom Penh) the BIOS stakeholder engagement and launch, in collaboration with the SCUBY project. The event was presided by His Excellency Prof. ENG Huot, Secretary of State of the Ministry of Health, and involved about seventy stakeholders including officers from the World Health Organisation and the World Bank.

H.E. Prof. Eng noted the hard work undertaken by the Ministry of Health to strengthen the public health sector and increase health coverage and quality of care, reducing financial risks for the population. Thus, he added, Cambodia has made substantial progress in communicable disease control, reduction of child mortality, and maternal health - Cambodia is proud to be one of the few developing countries that have achieved the millennium health development goals. However, H.E. Prof. Eng Huot highlighted that the Ministry of Health still much work to do to ensure better health for the population. The burden of non-communicable disease in Cambodia has increased, while care and treatment for these diseases are still limited and have not reached all the population groups in need.

In his remarks, H.E. Prof. Eng Huot stressed that the Ministry of Health regularly collect and use scientific evidence to inform strategic planning. In the current context of economic growth, the Ministry of Health is interested in learning more about the potential use of technology to strengthen the health information system and improve health outcomes. Thus, the Ministry is supportive of studies, such as BIOS, which can develop and test innovative technologies whcih can increase efficiency of population health management. 

Prof. CHHEA Chhorvann, director of NIPH, officially closed the workshop calling for innovation and improvements to support the implementation of the national plan on non-communicable disease. He stressed the need for collective action and continued discussion to address the problem of NCDs.