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. AAMH’s Protecting Children in Disasters program developed in China recognises that children are often the most vulnerable population group affected following a major disaster.
In February 2009, 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 was a recent Fellow of the St. Vincent’s Mental Health POST program in Melbourne in 2011. This placement was coordinated under the prestigious Australian Leadership Awards Fellowship (ALAF).
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.
Cambodia also participates in AAMH's Asia-Pacific Community Mental Health Development Project.
Above (L->R): Dr Chiit Sophal, A/Prof. Chee Ng, HE Dr Mam Bun Heng and Ms Julia Fraser, Phnom Penh, February 2009
Cambodian Protecting Children in Disasters Project Team with Julia Fraser and A/Prof. Chee Ng (AAMH), Phnom Penh, February 2009
A/Prof. Chee Ng (AAMH) with members of the Cambodian National Mental Health Program's project team for the Protecting Children in Disasters program, Phnom Penh, February 2009