Developing evidence-based investment options in support of pandemic preparedness policy in Cambodia (CamFlu)

Support by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Cambodia experienced an outbreak of H1N1 in 2009 and still has a significant number of H5N1 in the poultry. So far 19 human H5N1 cases occurred of which 17 died. This highlights the need to identify strategies for improving the health systems capacity to respond to a pandemic threat effectively.

Currently, the key areas for the control of pandemic influenza in Cambodia are cited as training measures both for health professionals and the public, surveillance, investigation and response, case management and infection control, laboratory support and pandemic preparedness planning. The country’s pandemic preparedness plan also details a national communication strategy though the main focus is on surveillance, early detection and early response.

Although Cambodia has increased its investment in health care in the past years, the country remains highly dependent on external donors to finance its health sector. Information on cost-effective ways to improve pandemic response capacity is needed to inform national ministries and international donors about where investments would yield maximum benefits for the health system. 

This project will reveal information about major resource gaps in Cambodia and the disease burden associated with these shortcomings in the event of a future pandemic and identify the likely cost-effective approaches to mitigating pandemic mortality. 

Project Leader: Tom Drake


 Key outputs

·         Current distribution pattern of health service resources throughout Cambodia

·         Scenarios of cost effective options to improve pandemic response capacity

·         Evaluation of public health impact of scaling up health service resources to respond to pandemic influenza

·         Evidence-based options to scale-up health service resources to respond to pandemic influenza in Cambodia

 Project Collaborators include:

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine 

The CelAgrid - Cambodia 

Communicable Disease Control Department, Ministry of Health - Cambodia