Australia provides 60 wheelchairs to clients at six Physical Rehabilitation Centresgiant
On 2 November 2022, the Australian Government, through the Australia – Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) Program, handed over 60 wheelchairs to clients of six Physical Rehabilitation Centres (PRCs). The handover ceremony was conducted at Kien Khleang National PRC in Phnom Penh, one of the six PRCs receiving support from the Australian Government.
The handover ceremony aimed to bridge the gap in wheelchair provision to clients with the greatest need at the six ACCESS-targeted PRCs and to raise awareness of the needs of persons with disabilities in accessing rehabilitation services, including wheelchairs among the public, and policymakers.
A PRC client, who is also a PRC staff member at Kien Khleang PRC, Ms Chhun Trav expressed her appreciation for the initiative: “I am very happy that the Australian Government has provided wheelchairs for me and other persons with disabilities. These wheelchairs are critical to our mobility and will enable us to effectively perform daily tasks in life.”
H.E Sim Sothun, Delegate of the Royal Government of Cambodia and Director of the Persons with Disabilities Foundation (PWDF) of the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation (MoSVY), stated during the handover ceremony that he was grateful for the support received from the Australian Government through the ACCESS Program. He suggested that relevant stakeholders and persons with disabilities continue to create awareness of the services delivered by PRCs to other persons with disabilities to expand service provision to all targeted beneficiaries.
Ms Anne Rouve-Khiev, ACCESS Team Leader, stated that physical rehabilitation services, including wheelchairs, are critical for supporting children in schools, people at work, and generally in people’s daily lives. “We hope that the PRC clients will also participate in raising awareness of rehabilitation services by informing their neighbours and community about the availability of these services,” she added.
The Australian Government, through the ACCESS Program, supports six out of the eleven PRCs in Cambodia, including those in Siem Reap, Kien Khleang (in Phnom Penh), Prey Veng, Kratie, Takeo, and Kampong Cham.