The Better Health Services (BHS) is a USAID-funded health systems strengthening project in Cambodia that began in January 2009 and runs through December 2013. Implemented by the University Research Co., LLC (URC), the project was preceded by the USAID Health Systems Strengthening in Cambodia project, also implemented by URC. The BHS project’s goals dovetail with the mission of the Ministry of Health as stated in the Cambodian Health Strategic Plan 2008-2015 (HSP2) “to provide stewardship for the entire health sector and to ensure a supportive environment for increased demand and equitable access to quality health services in order that all the peoples of Cambodia are able to achieve the highest level of health and well-being.” BHS works to this common end through a variety of efforts that aim to improve the quality of care delivered by public health services, increase the utilization of and demand for such services while maintaining the MOH’s pro-poor goals, and support on-going and new health reform efforts aimed at increasing the transparency and accountability of health services through decentralized, contractual structures.
The project works at the national level, with more focused efforts in 11 out of 24 provinces in the country where USAID concentrates its support.
BHS’ overall aim is to improve the quality of care and use of public health facilities in Cambodia, with a particular emphasis on increasing equity of access for the poor. The BHS project focuses on:
- Health Financing and Community-Based Health
- Health Informatics
- Hospital Improvement
- Maternal and Newborn Health
- Monitoring and Evaluation
- Behavior Change Communications
- Support to RGoC-led health reform efforts.
BHS harnesses and builds upon the existing resources and expertise of the government, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and local authorities at the operational and service delivery level. BHS also works closely with numerous departments of the national MOH including the Department of Planning and Health Information (DPHI), the Hospital Department (including the Quality Assurance Office), the National Maternal and Child Health Center (NMCHC), the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Dermatology and STD (NCHADS), the National Center for Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control (CENAT), the MOH’s Communicable Disease Control Department (CDC/MOH), as well as Provincial Health Departments (PHDs) and Operational Districts (ODs) in USAID priority provinces.
BHS draws upon clinical expertise from the Angkor Hospital for Children (AHC) in Siem Reap and collaborates closely with a wide range of local and international development partners, including the other two major USAID maternal and child health projects implemented by two Cambodian NGOs, the Reproductive Health Association of Cambodia (RHAC) and the Reproductive and Child Health Alliance (RACHA), as well as the main USAID HIV/AIDS projects implemented by Family Health International (FHI) and the Khmer HIV/AIDS NGO Alliance (KHANA). The project also draws upon expertise from the Stanford International Emergency Medicine Fellowship Program and the Duke-National University Graduate School of Medicine to provide the highest levels of technical assistance to Cambodia.
For more information, please contact
Christophe Grundmann, PhD, Project Directorcgrundmann@urc-chs.com
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