In Cambodia, conditions such as pneumonia, sepsis and prematurity remain significant contributors to morbidity and mortality in the country. sidHARTe's CPAP program seeks to reduce preventable deaths from these conditions by creating and implementing a sustainable CPAP training model in the country using lessons learned from The Breath of Life Program initially implemented in 2009 by East Meets West. With blessings from his Excellency Dr. Mam Bunheng, Cambodia’s Minister of Health, our vision is for CPAP to become the standard of care for all pediatric patients in the Cambodia.


  • Develop an effective implementation model that is appropriate in different global settings

  • Identify country and region specific barriers to CPAP usage and sustainability

  • Ensure sustainable knowledge and skills proficiency with minimal out-side support

Program overview

  1. Program sites: sidHARTe provided two CPAP machines and supported supplies to the University of Puthisastra for simulation training. These resources were also provided to Kandal Provincial Pediatric Hospital and the National Pediatric Hospital for both training and patient use. 

  2. Training: During a November 2015 visit, sidHARTe trained and validated four CPAP instructors during a two-day instructor course held at the University of Puthisastra. The trained instructors included faculty from the University of Puthisastra, and clinicians from Kandal Provincial Pediatric Hospital. Thus far, sidHARTe has trained 48 fifth-year medical students at the University of Puthisastra and our four trained instructors have trained over 62 clinicians and medical students at two hospitals in 2015.