Phnom Penh (FN), May 23 – Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Manet described the implementation of the "Roadmap to Global Health Coverage in Cambodia" as a proud and energetic step toward building a robust social protection system, particularly in supporting the health and well-being of the people.

The premier spoke on Thursday (May 23) at the launching of “Roadmap for Global Health Coverage in Cambodia 2024-2035” at Sokha Phnom Penh Hotel.

This roadmap serves as a guide for defining a strategic path toward global health coverage in Cambodia from 2024 to 2035. It identifies priority policy options for strengthening the healthcare system in a multi-sectoral manner. It is multi-dimensional and comprehensive, outlining the direction and strategic level while allowing relevant ministries and institutions to develop detailed operational plans to implement this roadmap step by step.

Samdech Thipadei underscored, "I consider this special program today to be a historic day and an important step in building Cambodia's social protection system, especially in relation to the health and well-being of all Cambodians. The official launch of the roadmap to global health coverage in Cambodia is a proud and energetic step for Cambodia."

This roadmap aims to build a social healthcare system where all citizens have access to quality health services anywhere, anytime, without financial difficulties. It also sets out a clear plan to ensure that no one is left without adequate healthcare.

Premier Hun Manet affirmed that the seventh-mandate Royal Government considers human capital development a key priority. Health is an integral part of building human capital.

Samdech Thipadei further underlined that the "Roadmap for Global Health Coverage in Cambodia" has set three specific goals including expanding healthcare coverage to 80 per cent of the population; increasing the index of essential health services coverage to at least 80 per cent; and reducing out-of-pocket health expenditures to 35 per cent of total health expenditures.

At the same time, Samdech Thipadei Hun Manet added that the modernisation of health services is very important not only in Phnom Penh but also in the countryside, ensuring that citizens have access to affordable health services. This modernisation is crucial for achieving the roadmap’s goals and ensuring that health care improvements reach all areas of the country.