Pro Health Cambodia is committed to contributing to current and future health strategies in Cambodia, starting with oral hygiene.
The average Cambodian child goes to school with nine open cavities and three abscesses. The oral health of a student affects general health/development and school attentiveness, attendance, drop out rate. Additionally, oral health is a part of optimal growth and development and general health of children.
Pro Health Cambodia (PHC) was formed in 2017 to promote oral hygiene practices for school-aged children in Cambodia. PHC aims to participate in the wider health strategies in Cambodia by creating a scaled, self-sustaining model.
Ultimately, our goal is to improve oral hygiene in schools and reduce the number of cavities in permanent teeth of 12-year-old children. We aim to improve the Quality of Life for Cambodian children - assessed using psychometric testing to replicate results found in Kaitia, New Zealand. PHC uses recognised educational improvement methods as measured by reduction in absenteeism due to toothache.
By the end of 3 years, PHC hopes to reach 600 schools, 300,000 students, and 37,500 Pro Health Kits sold.