As at June 13, there were 128 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Cambodia. Among these cases, 125 (97.65%) cases have been cured and discharged from hospitals. Only 3 cases are still active and under treatment and there is no evidence of community transmission as yet.
However, the World Health Organization (WHO), Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and the Minister of Health have called on the public to remain cautious about COVID-19. They reminded the community that a second wave of the virus is a “real threat”.
Furthermore, Cambodia’s key economic pillars, tourism and garment industries have all been hit severely with several hundred thousand formal and informal workers being affected in this sector alone. More than 180 factories in Cambodia have suspended operations while another 60 are at risk of closure. The situation impacts 200,000 garment workers directly and two million others indirectly according to Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC).
Prime Minister Hun Sen recently predicted that the country’s economy may contract 1.9% this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation (MoSVY) issued a direction on community aftercare programs to local and international NGOs on 3 of June 2020. According to government direction, local and international NGOs who run community aftercare or community based care program can resume their business as usual. However, the government advised not to have a big group gatherings with survivors of more than 10 people and social distancing needs to be applied.
Hagar Cambodia’s operation is now fully functional and back to business as usual. The teams have conducted their action plan to deliver services. Our priorities are to deliver on any postponed activities due to COVID-19, facilitate and support clients’ employment and small businesses (where the pandemic had a significant impact on their financial livelihood), and continue to assess and deliver emergency support to current and previous clients.
Survivor in Focus
Mesa is a 25 year old survivor and school teacher.
With the Cambodian Government closing schools in the middle of March to prevent the spread of the virus, Mesa lost her job and income.
A Hagar Case Manager has been working with her to support her through this time, educate her about COVID-19, help her develop a safety plan and identify her basic needs during the crisis. Now Hagar is supporting her family through rent and daily food support.
“I feel warm and supported as my case manager call[s] me regularly and work[s] with me closely. Thank you very much Hagar for supporting me during this difficult situation. Without the support, it will be difficult for me as well as my brother and sister.”
Hagar pursues the highest degree of care and protection for each of its clients. To protect the identity of our clients, names have been changed and images do not necessarily represent the individual profiled.