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© UNICEF Cambodia/2008/Bona Khoy
Students benefit from UNICEF support to water, sanitation and hygiene facilities at Prey school in Otdar Meanchey province, northwest Cambodia

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Australia works with the governments of neighbouring countries to help them improve the way they deliver economic and community services.

DFAT supports UNICEF Cambodia in the area of water, sanitation and hygiene through the Seth Koma programme; the support centred around three main areas: an enabling environment, household water treatment and safe storage (HWTS), and school and community water and sanitation. DFAT is also a partner with UNICEF, along with other key donors, in the Health Sector Support Programme 2 which is strengthening government systems to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the health sector. With support from DFAT, UNICEF Cambodia has been able to achieve keys results approximately 9,720 students in Otdar Meanchey, Kampong Thom and Svay Rieng have access to water and sanitation facilities in schools and the establishment of 300 Water and Sanitation User Groups (WSUGs) in Kandal and Kampong Cham to promote safe drinking water.

The Australian is also funding the five year Disability Rights Initiative Cambodia (DRIC) to be implemented by UNICEF, UNDP and WHO. This unique global pilot and partnership between multiple stakeholders is designed to promote and protect the rights of children and adults with disabilities.



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