Rural Cambodia can greatly benefit from this healthy practices and positive wellbeing project. Health in the villages can be advanced by culturally appropriate improvements in health education, expansions of family economics, creation of healthier environments and access to energy sources. The proposal advocates for the training and certifying of three Health Literacy Advisors from Khvean Village and simultaneously three additional Health Literacy Advisors from a sister village within Sangkat Kouk Chak.
Together these two three person teams will participate in a  six month certification process in literacy,  a two year pilot program evaluating their collective and collaborative effects on the levels of health and wellbeing within the own villages, and  a six month summative project evaluation in partnership with the Ministry of Health; the Ministry of Interior; and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports. The intent of the pilot project, if successful, is to expand this model through all villages within Sangkat Kouk Chak to achieve two results for each village’s quality of life:
Community for Khmer Villages would manage the logistical and provide operational components of the pilot program. The health Literacy Advisors work where they live, recruited from their own village to support family, friends and neighbors – who share a common village life. The scope of the proposal must align with Cambodia’s Sustainable Development Goals and yield evidence based results to be evaluated by a project-independent, highly qualified resource.
Approval of this program would mutually and minimally require endorsements from Ministry of Health; Ministry of Interior; Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports; as well as participating villages, communes, districts and provincial leaders. This review process and approval cycle is the reason for the first protocol year before the certification and community health worker begins.
All participants will be Cambodian citizens and will receive a stipend for their contributions throughout the operational and assessment cycles of the pilot program.
All rights of the ownership and the rights to licensing of this program will reside in the Cambodian Ministry, Agency or Department of choice. The certification curriculum for Health Literacy Advisors will be developed by the institutions of higher education within Cambodia, as selected by the MoH and MEY&S, in conjunction with the Global Health Literacy Academy in Denmark, which has agreed to participate to partner of this endeavor.
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