Project Everest

Defining the big issues

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Christina Gell
Christina Gell | Jul 19, 2017 | in Health Consulting

The Health Assessment Team in Cambodia has had a whirlwind of the first two weeks. The team was constantly going out to Siem Reap and surrounding villages to collect as much information as possible, to fortify and collate a range of experiences from the urban and rural villagers. From this data, we have foreseen and experienced both possibility and roadblocks. Navigating this landscape has been a challenge but people are generally open and willing to talk to us.

 

The first weeks were culminated by braindumps, discussions, and mind maps. From which categories have been formed that encompass the main issues which trouble the people of Siem Reap. This job was tough, and the team often participated in heated exchange arguing if all the issues were adequately being represented through the words/ phrases we chose. Nonetheless, the following ideas have been chosen:

 

  1. Low Socioeconomic Status leads to inadequate health care funding. Thus there are inadequate and overcrowded facilities and hospitals. The capacity of the healthcare sector is struggling to keep up to pace with the rapid urbanisation, with majority of the population living under the poverty line.

  2. Education and poor health literacy has lead to poor hygiene practices and disease preventative measures.

  3. Young Infrastructure generates traffic accidents in the city and worsens rural residents’ limited access to resources. It has also resulted in unqualified people filling pharmacist and medical practitioner positions, leading to mistrust in the Cambodian health sector.

  4. Transmission is an issue because of the low barriers inHygiene Practices, Seasonal Factors, Food Preparation and Water Quality and acts as the catalyst for communicable diseases.  

  5. Foreign Influence is changing the way of life and introducing an array of non communicable diseases into a community that is unaccustomed to dealing with these types of chronic diseases.

 

The question we pose to the Project Everest forum is two fold: we would like any other insights from teams experiencing/identifying the same problems. But even more valuable, as we dabble in the ideation stage, would be suggestions and ideas for any potential products and services that target specifics of these issues.

 

Thanks Team!

 

Dolly Phiri Jul 25, 2017

Hi Christina, in regards to the survey, we found that the way we worded it did not have to be so perfect as it is translated anyways.
However, you have mentioned that transmission is an issue so maybe focusing on a hygiene-based product would be a good idea. Testing out an idea in local clinics or with local communities and getting results and opinions from legitimate health officials could help you gain the trust of the community as there is that mistrust.
Malawi's health assessment team is working towards developing a diagnostic app to reduce traffic in health facilities as the culture depends heavily on them. You may want to have a read of our post 'From Empathy to Define' to understand this more :)

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Ella Grier Jul 26, 2017

These are all super interesting finds on the state of Healthcare in Cambodia. Some are extremely similar to what we've observed as the Health Assessment team in Malawi. Primarily, low socioeconomic class and level of education seems to be inherently linked to prevalence of major health issues across various communities. Interestingly, foreign influence has not come up, but would be interesting for us to investigate this further.

Two of your define catagories included hygiene-based issues. So Dolly's suggestion of developing a solution that focus' on this aspect of health is important. Additionally, you mentioned a distrust in the current health system in place in Cambodia. Your ideation could also focus on facilitating the re-growing this trust, potentially by building the capacity of healthcare professionals within the system. This allows impact to be across multiple areas of health and business solutions may have greater viability in hospitals/clinics where ability to invest financially in healthbased products/services would be greater.

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Ella Grier Jul 26, 2017

These are all super interesting finds on the state of Healthcare in Cambodia. Some are extremely similar to what we've observed as the Health Assessment team in Malawi. Primarily, low socioeconomic class and level of education seems to be inherently linked to prevalence of major health issues across various communities. Interestingly, foreign influence has not come up, but would be interesting for us to investigate this further.

Two of your define catagories included hygiene-based issues. So Dolly's suggestion of developing a solution that focus' on this aspect of health is important. Additionally, you mentioned a distrust in the current health system in place in Cambodia. Your ideation could also focus on facilitating the re-growing this trust, potentially by building the capacity of healthcare professionals within the system. This allows impact to be across multiple areas of health and business solutions may have greater viability in hospitals/clinics where ability to invest financially in healthbased products/services would be greater.

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