Buddhism for Health (BfH) is a Local non-governmental organization, implementing development activities in the Kingdom of Cambodia on a not-for-profit, neutral, non-racist, and non-religious basis. BfH was founded in 2004 and is officially registered at the Ministry of Interior.
The Vision of BfH is to foster stronger community participation by the near-poor, poor, and marginalized population to ensure their social, physical, and mental well being.
The Mission of BfH is to allow the, near-poor, poor, and marginalized people to actively participate in constructive community dialogue to promote self-reliance and sustainability and develop appropriate local solutions to positively contribute to the issues affecting their health status.
A community capable of advancing its health through collaboration and coordination of all stakeholders with clarified roles and responsibilities
- To facilitate constructive dialogue between community members and authorities to enable mutually accountable collaborations in pursuit of health
- To promote self-reliance and sustainability by optimising the functioning of existing social structures and networks and use of local resources
- To empower the community to develop and implement locally appropriate solutions to enable active participation in society by the respective poor and vulnerable
- Buddhism for Health is a neutral, not-for-profit organization
- Buddhism for Health promotes equity in health and aims for social accountability in the context of sustainable development
- Buddhism for Health acts in accordance with the Buddhist principles.
BfH’s strong reputation has been built on its ability to effectively and efficiently support the delivery of a range of innovative health initiatives in Cambodia in partnership with diverse stakeholders who have often never worked together before.
Buddhism for Health is unique in Cambodia in the way it works directly with communities to participate in local health and well-being projects. They achieve this through facilitating community members to contribute their own resources – time and money – to disseminate health promotion information and to support the poor and vulnerable members of their communities to access free health care.
To further ensure the sustainability of this innovative model, BfH, through the provision of technical support to the relevant local stakeholders, has been able to work within existing social structures to influence communities to integrate the Community Health Management Equity Funds (CMHEF) into the District and Commune Investment Plans.
A critical part of their work is relationship building between the religious leaders, the local authorities and the community members to build ownership of the project and highlight their common goals of enhancing community health and well-being.
To further enhance the sustainability of their projects, BfH has set up its own Foundation to raise funds through collection boxes in the Pagodas in Phnom Penh. The fundraising activities and management of funds are overseen by members of the Foundation’s committee and representatives from each of the Pagodas participating in this initiative. Funds raised support the core costs of the organisation and the expansion of their services to new target areas.
The BfH Board of Directors oversee the work and strategic direction of the organisation and contribute towards resource mobilisation and donor relation activities. The Board meets every three months to review the delivery of the projected activities implemented by the Operation/Management Team, and provides advice for further improvements. The Board of Directors assign the Managing Director to lead the organization’s management team; all of whom are responsible for planning, organizing, implementing, supervising and the monitoring and evaluation of all the project activities.