Equity Card Holders' Living Improved Under Poor Identification Programme

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Phnom Penh August 24, 2023 --

The Poor Identification Programme has played a key role in supporting the lives of poor people and contributing to the government’s programme of eradicating poverty in the country. One of the beneficiaries, Ms. Prach Sineth, a resident of Mittapheap village in Sangkat Prek Eng of Phnom Penh thanked the Royal Government of Cambodia for the equity card, which is unloading her family's financial burden. "With the equity card, I am able to access medical services provided without any discrimination," she said. Another beneficiary in Chong Prek I village of the same Sangkat Mr. Vichet Saroeun echoed the feedback.

"We get free medical checkups at public hospitals and are given a monthly allowance, thanks to the Poor Identification Programme," he added. The Identification of Poor Households Programme (IDPoor) serves as a social registry of poor and vulnerable households, a component of a comprehensive social protection system. Securing a social safety net for economically vulnerable people and universal access to health care are the top priorities of the Royal Government of Cambodia. Families eligible for the IDPoor programme are mainly those with member(s) who have a serious illness or disability, without a breadwinner, affected by a natural disaster, with member(s) infected with HIV, and with migrating members, and so on.