The Cambodia program of AAMH’s Protecting Children in Disasters project was launched in February '09.
Natural and man-made disasters can have a devastating effect on people's mental as well as physical health (read more), and no more so than in Cambodia.
In February, an exciting new stage in the program was reached when the Cambodian Protecting Children in Disasters program commenced. Julia Fraser and Assoc Prof Chee Ng from AAMH travelled to Cambodia to meet with the Cambodian Health Minister HE Dr Mam Bun Heng for a program update, and then the Secretary of State HE Dr Eng Huot to sign the Letter of Agreement to commence work on the program.
This AusAid funded project will be developed in collaboration with the Cambodian National Program of Mental Health (NPMH), and led by Dr Sophal Chhit, the NPMH Deputy Director. Dr Chhit has been a recent Fellow of the St. Vincent’s Mental Health POST program in Melbourne.
Julia Fraser and Associate Professor Chee Ng joined the newly formed Cambodian project team at a full day workshop in Phnom Penh to:
The group moved quickly through the tasks and the team is now looking forward to taking the project to its next stage.
Above (L->R): Dr Chiit Sophal, A/Prof. Chee Ng, HE Dr Mam Bun Heng and Ms Julia Fraser, Phnom Penh, February 2009.