Educating Village Health Workers in Rural Cambodia

Karen L. McClure, DNP, CRNP, RNC-OB

There is a growing shortage of health workers, particularly in developing countries and one approach that has been employed to address this issue is the use of village health workers. A Village Health Worker Training Program was conducted in order to provide villages in the Kampot Province of Cambodia with primary healthcare. Students were selected and received training using Community Health Evangelism participatory teaching materials. They were taught to build the capacity of their communities to address their own health needs through the successful sustainable approach of the Jamkhed Model. This value-base approach is likely to improve health outcomes.