Consultative workshop on the financial strategy of Physical Rehabilitation Centres (PRCs) in Cambodia

Consultative workshop on the financial strategy of Physical Rehabilitation Centres (PRCs) in Cambodia

Recently, the Persons with Disabilities Foundation (PWDF) and Humanity & Inclusion (HI) held a consultative workshop on the financial strategy of the Physical Rehabilitation Centres (PRCs) in Cambodia. The three-day workshop was held between the 21st and 23rd of April 2021 through the support of the DFAT-funded Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) Program.

The objectives of the workshop were to inform, identify and discuss the financial procedures and funding of the physical and functional rehabilitation sector, and to determine elements for a financial action plan for the PRCs, including topics such as key opportunities, challenges, roles and responsibilities and timeline.

PRCs play a significant role in providing services to persons with disabilities. Main services provided by PRCs include the production of prostheses, orthoses and other assistive devices; the provision of physiotherapy at post-acute and long-term phases; and the provision of wheelchairs, and social services.

Participants of the workshop included representatives from the Ministry of Economy and Finance, Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation (MoSVY), Cambodian Disabled People’s Organisation (CDPO), PWDF, PRCs, HI, and various NGOs.

The Australian Government, through the ACCESS Program, supports six out of the eleven PRCs in Cambodia, specifically in Siem Reap, Kien Khleang (in Phnom Penh), Prey Veng, Kratie, Kampong Cham and Takeo through the interventions, including, the development of policies and guidelines and capacity building initiatives.

Mr. Mam Sothara, Deputy Director of PWDF, stated that the support from the Australian Government through the ACCESS Program and the implementing partners has benefited persons with disabilities in Cambodia and that the inputs from participants and experts gathered from the workshop will be used effectively to implement and improve services for persons with disabilities.

Ms. Elizabeth Adler, Second Secretary of the Australian Embassy to Cambodia, provided: “We are very pleased to see PWDF taking ownership to coordinate the development of a Financial Strategy for the PRCs in Cambodia. This will help to ensure the financial sustainability of the PRCs, resulting in real benefits for people with disabilities.”

The ACCESS Program collaborates with MOSVY, PWDF, HI, and other rehabilitation stakeholders to strengthen the effective management of the rehabilitation services and ensure that essential services remain available for the most vulnerable groups.