The Supply department aims to strengthen Project Lokun’s understanding of Pursat’s healthcare infrastructure. This includes understanding various healthcare facilities and complementary services. Through understanding the local healthcare scene, we are better able to empower villagers and reconnect them to the services around them.
In contrast to the Health Needs Assessment (HNA), which seeks to understand the villagers’ health seeking behaviour, Supply focuses on how and where the population may receive the healthcare they need. This includes infrastructural capacity of various institutions, their geographical accessibility, as well as public knowledge in accessing these healthcare services.
A major focus of Supply is to create a Health Facilities Directory. The idea sprouted in L23 of having a resource which villagers could use to find relevant healthcare facilities around them. This will provide villagers with an easy reference and increase local knowledge of where to receive the healthcare they need. In order to create such a resource, Project Lokun has been carrying out Health Facilities Assessments (HFA) of relevant healthcare facilities in Pursat. The HFA contains relevant information like opening hours, location and services provided at the healthcare facility. In addition, we include other important information such as medical equipment present, staffing system, follow-up system and possible disease specific protocols such as tuberculosis (TB).
Another major focus of Supply is to better understand the Poor Certificate system in Cambodia. These certificates are identify a certain household as poor. In doing so, it provides more benefits such as free or subsidised healthcare, access to clean water etc. The IDPoor identification exercise is carried out yearly to identify households in both urban and rural settings. Interviews are carried out by Village Representative Group (VRG) members with a standard questionnaire by the Ministry of Planning. Understanding how this programme works is important as locals may not be taking full advantage of it. Villagers may not know about the programme or are unsure about the privileges they are entitled to. Through understanding IDPoor, we can ensure that villagers are making full use of their resources and to receive the best healthcare they are entitled to.