Successful launch of H-EQIP – an innovative health programme to strengthen the Cambodian health system thereby improving free quality health care for poor Cambodian families.
On September, 19th 20016 the Health Equity and Quality Improvement Project, H-EQIP was launched by H.E. Dr. Mam Bunheng, Minister of Health. The ceremony was attended by more than 300 Cambodian stakeholders from the national and subnational level, including hospital staff as well as key health partners engaging in Cambodia.
H-EQIP is a five year programme (2016-2021) of the Royal Government of Cambodia, co-funded by Australia, Germany, KOICA and the Worldbank. It focuses on financial protection for poor and vulnerable Cambodians as well as on improving the quality of public health services. H-EQIP comes with a total volume of 174.2 million USD, of which the Royal Government covers 94.2 million USD or 60 per cent of the total programme costs. The remaining funds are contributed as grants by Australia, Germany and KOICA as well as by an IDA loan from the Worldbank.
H-EQIP uses to a large extend national systems thereby avoiding parallel structures. This will in turn build strong institutions and capacities within the Government in order to strengthen the Cambodian health system as a whole.
"I am very pleased to see this programme marking the beginning of a new phase in our partnership with the Royal Government of Cambodia", the new German Ambassador Dr. Ingo Karsten said during the launching ceremony.
Germany supports the Cambodian health sector since more than 20 years through Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and KfW Banking Group as well as through NGOs. Since then the German Government has invested more than 180 million USD in the Cambodian health sector. Currently, German cooperation focuses on financial protection for poor and vulnerable families and on improving the quality of care. Maternal and child health as well as malnutrition and the needs of persons with disability receive specific attention. In order to co-fund H-EQIP, the German Federal Ministry for Economy and Development (BMZ) has commissioned KfW Banking Group with an amount of 14 million Euro; further commitments are envisaged.
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