Small Steps Towards a Speech Therapy Profession in Cambodia: Lessons Learned So Far This paper provides a contemporary overview of speech language pathology services and professional training in Cambodia. The unique national context, including Cambodia's conflict-ridden past, its resource-poor and underdeveloped health sector institutions, and the proliferation of many international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) operating in the country, all serve to make the delivery ... Article
Article  |   December 18, 2017
Small Steps Towards a Speech Therapy Profession in Cambodia: Lessons Learned So Far
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Claire Salter
    OIC Cambodia, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • Weh Yeoh
    OIC Cambodia, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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  • Financial: Claire Salter has no relevant financial interests to disclose. Weh Yeoh has no relevant financial interests to disclose.
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Cultural & Linguistic Diversity / Professional Issues & Training / Regulatory, Legislative & Advocacy / International & Global / Part 2
Article   |   December 18, 2017
Small Steps Towards a Speech Therapy Profession in Cambodia: Lessons Learned So Far
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, December 2017, Vol. 2, 104-113. doi:10.1044/persp2.SIG17.104
History: Received September 28, 2016 , Revised February 1, 2017 , Accepted March 27, 2017
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, December 2017, Vol. 2, 104-113. doi:10.1044/persp2.SIG17.104
History: Received September 28, 2016; Revised February 1, 2017; Accepted March 27, 2017

This paper provides a contemporary overview of speech language pathology services and professional training in Cambodia. The unique national context, including Cambodia's conflict-ridden past, its resource-poor and underdeveloped health sector institutions, and the proliferation of many international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) operating in the country, all serve to make the delivery of speech-language pathology services and establishment of a local speech-language pathology profession challenging and complex. The increasing numbers of international speech-language pathology professionals volunteering their services on a short-term basis in Cambodia is given focus, and the subsequent impact on establishing sustainable local services. We profile the efforts of one NGO, OIC Cambodia, and its “Exit Strategy,” aimed at developing a local speech-language pathology professional infrastructure through local training, a more robust Cambodian government policy framework, establishing local career pathways and professional network, and public awareness raising of speech-language pathology needs and services. The paper concludes that there will be more significant and ongoing benefits for the Cambodian health and education sectors and general population by focussing efforts on establishing a local speech-language pathology profession and institutional presence.

Acknowledgements
The authors would like to acknowledge the hard work and support of the OIC Cambodia team and network. Special thanks to Laura Fish, Ruth Bryce, Glenys Salter, and Thomas Michel for their help in editing and proofreading, as well as the reviewer feedback.
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