The extra mile to reach every village in Cambodia

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COVID-19 public health poster outside Thmey Health Center, Cambodia. Credit: UNICEF.

Australia is working closely with the Cambodian Government to ensure Cambodians are receiving accurate information about COVID-19 vaccines across vaccination sites in Cambodia. Through our partnership with UNICEF, we are supporting the development of essential public health messaging to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to increase demand for COVID-19 vaccinations.

Billboards, posters and social media materials have been developed which encourage Cambodians to get tested for COVID-19 where appropriate and promote COVID-19 prevention practices. This has included 60 billboards located across Phnom Penh where the number of infections have been highest. Adapting messages to target groups that can be harder to reach, such as indigenous populations and people with disabilities, is a key part of this work.

To ensure a wide reach, vaccine communications products are being rolled out in Khmer and four indigenous languages and are also being broadcast through loudspeakers nationwide.

Cambodians registering to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, Cambodia.
Cambodians registering to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, Cambodia.

To combat inaccurate information about COVID-19 vaccines, UNICEF is using social listening platforms to gather and respond to daily feedback on rumours and public perceptions.

In addition, monthly surveys are being conducted to develop an in-depth understanding of concerns about the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines.

Learn more about Australia’s end-to-end support for the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out in the Indo-Pacific region here.