The Cambodian Red Cross (CRC) has urged its branches in four provinces – Kandal, Tbong Khmum, Banteay Meanchey and Pailin – to continue to implement sustainable humanitarian and community health programmes following the end of EU funding for the programmes.

“As the European Commission has diverted funding to other priority targets, each province must become self-reliant and be responsible for extending the humanitarian actions and community health more sustainably and efficiently,” said CRC secretary Pum Chantiny.

She attended the July 31 closing ceremony and handover programme of the programmes in the four provinces.

She added that the programmes had been supported by the EU through the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the Finnish Red Cross and the CRC.

The programmes were implemented for three years in 194 villages in 20 communes in 10 towns and districts across the four provinces.

She explained that they aimed to promote the health of vulnerable people, curb the spread of diseases, and manage disaster and climate change mitigation and institutional development.

Kandal provincial governor Kong Sophorn, who also heads the provincial branch of the CRC, said his provincial branch had implemented the programme in 41 villages in six communes of three districts, Khsach Kandal, Loeuk Dek and Koh Thom. A total of 15,754 families had benefitted from the programme.

On July 20, officials from the Kandal provincial branch visited 12 families whose homes had collapsed on the banks of the Prek Thnoat River in Prek Tapov and Stung Chrou villages in Doeum Mean commune, Takhmao town.

Teang Sokun, director of the CRC branch, expressed her regrets at the damaged homes and property.

“Even though the emergency relief could not match the extent of the damage, it eased the difficulties of the people,” she said.

On the same day, the officials also visited two families whose homes were damaged in a fire in Koh Teav village in Sampov Poun town and commune.

The provincial administration announced late in June that its officials had provided humanitarian assistance to two people who had been electrocuted. One lived in Thma Kor commune, Lvea Em district and the other lived in Dei Ith commune, Kien Svay district. Both of them have lost the use of their hands.