Monday, 20 July 2015

House above the Water (HAW) Community Clinic

The House above the Water (HAW) Community Clinic which is funded by CamKids, is located in the Stoeung Meancheay Commune of Phnom Penh. Approximately 280 families live in slum conditions, with many having limited access to sufficient lavatories and clean water.  The inhabitants therefore suffer a range of preventable health problems on a regular basis. As a result, the mobile medical team from One-2-One provides much needed medical, nursing and maternal health care to families that wouldn’t otherwise receive these services. 
The medical team provides the following services at the HAW clinic:
  • Medical care - includes treatment for a range of common injuries and illnesses such as dengue fever, acute infections, diarrhea, common colds, typhoid fever, malaria etc.
  • Nursing care - includes health and hygiene education to adults and children and administration of basic health care, including height and weight measurements, de-worming (in line with the Cambodian National Strategy), nail cutting and wound care.
  • Maternal care - includes prenatal and antenatal checkups, provision of vitamin supplements, vaccinations, breastfeeding and birth control advice for pregnant women before, during and after delivery and gynecologist referrals for HIV testing, pap smears, ultrasounds etc. 
The HAW clinic has continued to operate effectively since it was first established. Our team visit the HAW community five times per month to provide medical treatment, nursing care, maternal care and health and hygiene education. We have continued to work cooperatively with community leaders and members to build trust and positive relationships with the community at large. As a result, more and more patients are continuing to seek medical treatment and care from our team and their overall health has been improving. 
The medical team has provided medical care to 384 patients, nursing care to 1,408 patients, which include deworming, and maternal care to 642 patients. This is an increase in the number of patients treated from the previous year. Therefore, a total of 2,434 patients have received treatment and care from our team during the past year. 
Case Study
In a recent visit to the House above the Water, a patient was interviewed. Her name is Srey Mouen and she is 28 years old, has two children and pregnant with her third child. Her husband is a rubbish worker and she is a housewife. She expressed her concern that her leg was burnt by fire while she was cooking food. She said that after the fire burnt her leg she suffered from a lot of pain. She shouldn’t have waited to see a doctor, but because of her family financial situation, she couldn’t afford to see one. Fortunately, the One-2-One medical team has been there and provided treatment for her. Mr. Thearith, one of our medical nurses, said that firstly they had to cut off the black burnt skin, then clean it with NSS and apply Gentamicine on the burn. After dressing the wound, she was provided with Gentamicine and NSS for her to clean the wound by herself at home. We also not only provided her with pain medication but also gave her some advice in order to relief her pain very soon. Finally, we would like to say thank you to the CamKids for providing the funds to help Cambodian people receive the medical care they require and to improve their overall quality of life.

Through the use of volunteer doctors and trainee medical students, we are able to run these clinics extremely efficiently - often only a dollar or two per patient treated. However, we still need you help to continue to provide and expand these vital services. Please consider making a donation to help us to help these desperately poor children and their families. 

If you are in the UK, you can text CAMK13 £10 to 70070 to make a £10 donation (or change to £5, £3 etc). Even a small donation of a few pounds from all of our supporters will make a huge difference. Remember, we do not have any overheads, so 100% of your donation goes to helping the children. 

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Thank you 
The CamKids Trustees

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