Sovann Phoum Organization is working for the poor children and their family
Health Education Program
Posted Date : 06-01-2016 [16]
Our Philosophy and Practices
Healthiness is one of the crucial and indispensable factors in human’s life and development. Sovann Phoum strongly believes that healthiness is best attained through prevention, since it is better than cure. Prevention can be done through different ways and activities. However, the most sustainable one is achieved through Health Education with people of younger age. In this sense, Health Education with children is a perfect choice, and it has been one of the main programs of Sovann Phoum.
Our Experiences in Health Education
The Sovann Phoum’s current Health Education Team is the former project team of an international NGO, Enfants & Développement (E&D), which implemented an integrated program in Phnom Penh sub-urban areas since 1993. The Team has gained long experience in health education with children in both primary schools and communities, both rural and sub-urban areas. Today, Sovann Phoum is one of the leading NGOs in Cambodia providing health education with children through its unique child-to-child approach.  
Our Beneficiaries
All of our beneficiaries are vulnerable and under-privileged citizens in rural and sub-urban areas. Specifically, we have two different types of beneficiaries:
Direct Beneficiaries:
A. Children (60% to 70%)
- aged 9-15 years;
- females (60%) and males (40%) 
- 80 % from primary schools;
- 20 % from secondary schools;
- 80 % from extremely and very poor families.
B. Adults (30% to 40%)
- poor and very poor families
- parents the majority
Indirect beneficiaries:
A. Children (75%): 
- aged 5-15 years
- females (60%) and males (40%) 
- 90 % from pre- and primary schools;
- 10% from secondary schools
B. Adults (25%): 
- poor and very poor families
- parents the majority. 
Our Strategies and Main Activities
To promote our under-privileged beneficiaries’ healthiness and welfare, we have formulated and implemented the following strategies and activities in our intervention areas:
Immunisation with disadvantaged children;
Child-to-child approach;
Educational campaigns with children and adults;
Practices of good sanitation through access to clean water and toilets;
Sustainability strategies
One of the effective measures to protect children from infectious diseases is to have them immunised as properly as required by medical doctors and the Ministry of Health. Sovann Phoum carried out this activity in cooperation with Health Centres, Operational District Hospitals, and other levels of the Ministry of Health. 
Immunisation program has been implemented in Phnom Penh sub-urban areas since 2000. From 2000 to 2001, 4,654 children and adults were immunised, receiving six types of vaccines against Tetanus, Polio, TB, Cocoq, diphtheria, and measles. In 2002, 1,743 children aged under 1 year, 7,326 children aged 1-5 years, and 12,346 women received the six types of vaccines plus vitamin A. In 2003, 1,712 children aged under 1 year, 8,560 children aged 1-5 years, and 12,991 women received seven types of vaccines.