The Australian Ambassador to Cambodia distributed COVID-19 protective materials to service users and service providers

The Australian Ambassador to Cambodia distributed COVID-19 protective materials to service users and service providers

Last week, H.E. Pablo Kang, the Australian Ambassador to Cambodia, traveled to Prey Veng and distributed COVID-19 protective equipment to service users and service providers at a Prey Veng Physical Rehabilitation Centre.

The personal protective equipment was funded by the Australian Government through the Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Service (ACCESS) program. 490 cloth masks, 35 boxes of surgical masks, 20 boxes of surgical gloves, and 490 labeled bottles of alcohol spray were distributed.

H.E. Pablo Kang shared that “Australia supports the Persons with Disabilities Foundation (PWDF) and 5 PRCs (out of 11) to ensure the provision of essential physical rehabilitation services during COVID-19.”

He added, “In order to maintain the day-to-day operations of the Centre and to protect PRC staff and clients who seek services during COVID-19, we have brought protective equipment to ensure safety measures. We are pleased to see these crucial rehabilitation services continuing to operate during the pandemic.”

Mrs. Son Chhea, service user of PRC, whose 14-year-old daughter has had cerebral palsy (CP) at a young age mentioned that with the services provided by PRC, her daughter has been provided with a wheelchair, access to exercises​ both in the centre and at home, and a small grant to run a small business that is generating substantial income for her family.

The Australian Government is committed to supporting the disability sector through the ACCESS Program. Since 2018, ACCESS has assisted PWDF to help ensure effective management of PRCs, and to ensure that persons with disabilities have access to essential rehabilitation services during the current COVID-19 pandemic.