AHC’s Response: COVID-19 in Cambodia
As COVID-19 continues to affect countries throughout the world, straining health systems, economies and creating uncertainty and anxiety for all, child health is in danger of slipping under the radar.
In a recent report published by the UN, it is expected that child health services in developing countries are likely to be neglected as governments focus on COVID-19 treatment, while reduced household income caused by the ongoing pandemic will force families to reduce essential health and food expenditure. This is likely to push an estimated 42 – 66 million children worldwide into extreme poverty in 2020.
This is especially true in Cambodia where, despite there only being less than 150 confirmed COVID-19 cases to date, the effects of the pandemic are being felt throughout the country as uncertainty continues to decimate Cambodia’s essential tourism and garment industries. With a third of the population (or 4.5 million people) living just above the poverty line, millions of children in Cambodia remain vulnerable to falling into poverty, impacting not only short-term health outcomes related to COVID-19 and other associated illness, but also dismantling long-term progress related to reducing child mortality and improving paediatric health throughout Cambodia.
AHC, like organisations around the world, is facing unprecedented challenges.
For us, the challenge is two-fold; we remain committed to providing essential paediatric services for Cambodia’s children, yet as a non-profit organization working closely with our donors and supporters, the global and local economic toll of the virus threatens our ability to protect and improve child health in Cambodia.
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