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the Inception Workshop on The Initiation of the ECH Project

Posted: 31st Dec 2015

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The Reproductive and Child Health Alliance (RACHA) through the Empowering Communities for Health (ECH) project, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), organized the inception workshop on " The Initiation of the ECH Project " on December 3, 2015 at Mean Sok Hotel in Kampong Speu province. The main objectives of the workshop were to: (1) inform all key stakeholders/counterparts about the initiation of the Empowering Communities for Health (ECH) project, (2) discuss ECH work plan and receive inputs from partner organizations, (3) seek government counterpart support and collaboration in the implementation of the ECH project; and (4) promote greater ownership and leadership by the RGC counterparts at the Provincial, District and Commune Levels. Image Mr. Paljor Ngudup, Chief of Party for the ECH Project, stated that "the main ECH goal is focused on achieving sustainability and ownership by the public sector of the institutionalization of the Village Health Support Groups (VHSGs) into the local government structure. This requires robust strengthening of the technical and managerial capacity of the authorities and institutions responsible for these systems and structures. " He added, "ECH has worked with the National Committee for Sub-National Democratic Development (NCDD) and other relevant government institutions at the national level down to the provincial, district and local level for strengthening the capacity of local authorities to enlarge public space in hearing community voices for better services, effective planning and programming of allocated resources and promoting a cohesive environment where the rights of the citizens for services and providers is respected and followed through. " A total of 101 (female 19) participants attended including participants from National Level representatives from the NCDD and Ministry of Health, Provincial Health Department, Provincial Ministry of Education Youth & Sport, Administrative Districts, Operational Districts, NGOs and RACHA staff. Overall the workshop included key stakeholders and had good representation from all levels of government with the different key government institutions present and engaged with good discussion and feedback about the ECH project. Image At the end of the workshop, H.E Lok Chum Teav Tem Sovath, Deputy Governor of Kampong Speu province provided significant recommendations for key stakeholders. The Deputy Governor said that "relevant authorities at all levels, line departments, Provincial Health Department, district health offices and HCs have to strengthen their cooperation with RACHA in order to successfully implement the ECH project including I-SAF ". The Deputy Governor continued, "The promotion of close collaboration between citizens and service providers is important in order to better respond to citizen needs in order to fulfill the RGC strategy to reduce poverty and infant and maternal mortality. " During the workshop, there have some comments from participants which they were happy and learnt from the workshop. Mr. Sen Sarun, administrative director of Basedth district has been strongly interested in the workshop. "I have learnt lots from the workshop, especially Empowering Communities for Health project. What is important for me is the project will institutionalize village health support groups under the management of commune councils. This is a good idea, because communes have their budget to support VHSG, " said Mr. Sarun. He believes that ECH project which is funded by USAID will bring a big impacts on health sector in Cambodia particularly will improve health services in communities. Ms. Kim Manith, official from Provincial Education, Youth, & Sports Department has been also interested in the workshop as she has learnt lots from the speakers. "Before, I don’t completely care about health in communities as I am working in education sector. After, I listen carefully from our speakers and presenters, now I understand clearly about the health sector in communities. So, I have got a lot of knowledge and experience from the workshop, mainly ECH project which will empower health services in communities " said Ms. Manith. She trusts that ECH will help to improve maternal and child health, TB prevention and social accountability in communities of Cambodia. She strongly supports the implementation of ECH project in her communities.

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