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ReBUILD's Sreytouch Vong is a Heroine of Health

Thursday, 25 May 2017

ReBUILD is delighted to announce that Sreytouch Vong, one of our partners from Cambodia, has been recognized as a ‘Heroine of Health’ at a ceremony recognizing and celebrating 12 emerging women leaders in global healthcare.

Women in Global Health and GE Healthcare joined forces with Women Deliver, the United Nations Foundation, Global Health Council, International Gender Champions, Geneva Graduate Institute, the Government of Sweden, Intrahealth and Frontline Health Workers Coalition for the first ever “Heroines of Health” honours. These winners received their awards at a special event coinciding with the 70th World Health Assembly in Geneva.

Sally Theobald who works with Sreytouch on both ReBUILD and RinGs, was delighted to hear of this recognition. “Sreytouch has been developing work and ideas on gender and equity in health with a focus on the health workforce and promoting women’s position and confidence. She has a passionate and personal commitment to research and action for stronger, responsive and inclusive health systems within and beyond Cambodia.”

Sreytouch has been principal investigator for ReBUILD’s team in Cambodia, as well as leading on research uptake. Engagement with decision-makers around her own ReBUILD research on contracting approaches for health services in Cambodia led to further work being commissioned by the World Health Organisation, and Sreytouch has also been centrally involved in ReBUILD’s work in the development and growth of the Health Researchers’ Forum – a collaboration of researchers, policy makers and practitioners to support the use of evidence in health systems policy and practice. She has also led a project under the RinGs initiative on gender, human resources and leadership in Cambodia, which has generated important insights into how gender interplays at different levels – community, health sector and the wider society - to shape human resource trajectories and leadership, and its gendered impacts, in health.

Beyond her work in Cambodia, Sreytouch has been very active in the Health Systems Global community, presenting at successive Global Symposia, successfully completing the prestigious and highly competitive Emerging Voices Health Systems Global Programme, and appearing as an invited speaker on a number of panels, including on Power and prejudice, and how: inequity plays out in the institutions and processes of health systems research?.  She is an active voice on Twitter on issues around equity and gender in global health.