Phnom Penh (FN), Aug. 23 – Recognizing the necessity to keep urban services functioning as best as possible to limit negative impact of Covid-19, Phnom Penh received funding from the Partnership for Healthy Cities to support primary schools, markets and municipal administrative offices to welcome people in the safest ways possible. That is, by ensuring all can practice preventive behaviors, as recommended by WHO.

To contribute to Phnom Penh City Hall fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, the Partnership for Healthy Cities has provided 25 alcohol dispensers and 25 isopropyl alcohol (5L) cans to all 14 Municipal administrative offices in Phnom Penh (One-Single Window Services). The handover event was inaugurated by His Excellency NUON Pharat, Vice Governor of Phnom Penh, and was attended by the Phnom Penh City Hall Director of One-Single Window Unit as well as representatives from municipal administrative offices.

The Partnership for Healthy Cities is a global network of cities committed to saving lives by preventing non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and injuries. Supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies in partnership with the World Health Organization and Vital Strategies, this initiative enables cities around the world to deliver a high-impact policy or programmatic intervention to reduce NCDs and injuries in their communities. The Partnership for Healthy Cities has expanded its support to cities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Phnom Penh City Hall was selected for implementation of a 6-month project to highly encourage the Capital’s residents to practice adapted behavior in the wake of the pandemic, with a specific focus on schools, markets and municipal administrative offices. Phnom Penh and the Partnership for Healthy Cities have already been successfully working together since 2018 on raising awareness on the long-term dangers of sugary drinks consumption in public schools.