Friday, 4 July 2014

Canalside Slum Clinic

Since 2010, CamKids has provided the funding to enable One-2-One Cambodia to operate the Canalside Community Clinic in an urban slum region of Phnom Penh. This is one of 3 such clinics which provide medical treatment and education to some of the most underserved and vulnerable people in Cambodia. Our Canalside medical team visits the community every week and services families in two communities; Thnoat Chrum and Sambok Chab as well as people from other surrounding communities. 
Most of the residents are rubbish pickers, construction workers and garment factory workers who face a range of malnutrition, acute and chronic health problems, injuries and diseases. The clinic provides a range of medical, nursing and maternal treatment and care at the Canalside clinic. Since January 2014, the medical team has treated a total of 478 patients; 155 patients were provided with medical treatment, 267 were provided with nursing care and 56 were provided with maternal treatment and care. 
Over the last six months our team has not only focused on providing medical treatment, but continued to promote health education and training about preventing and treating a range of common diseases including dengue fever, acute diarrhoea, respiratory infections including common colds, typhoid fever, malaria etc, during our weekly visits. The result of our focus on preventative health education is evident, as the number of patients visiting our medical clinic for acute medical care has decreased by a total of 24 patients (compared to the same reporting period in 2013). 
The clinic also operates a social welfare program to community members who visit our clinic. As part of this program, our team ensures that patients have adequate food and clothing, and access to transport for specialized treatment at hospitals, so that they can receive any ongoing follow-up treatment that they require.  
Our medical team always works cooperatively and respectfully in each of the communities and with the village chiefs. As a result, we have continued to build trust and strong relationships with the slum residents. On a recent trip to the Clinic, our medical team treated a young 13 year old girl, Rong Sreychen, who was suffering from a sore throat and cough. Sreychen had previously visited the clinic when she was treated for a serious burns injury in 2013. 
Sreychen told our Medical Assistant, Tem Channat, that she is very thankful to the clinic for continuing to visit the Canalside community. "I would like to thank CamKids and One-2-One for providing the medical treatment and medicine which my family cannot afford", she said. "Whenever I or my baby brother is sick I know that we can visit the clinic. It is very safe there and the medical staff always take good care of me".


Thursday, 19 June 2014

HAP Update

The following field report was recently prepared by CamKids' Project Coordinator, Sophak: 

In the last 6 months, there has been a great deal of activity at HAP.  All the nannies undertook training on how to look after the small children, at Kampong Speu town, with the charity, ASPECA. After the training, they have applied the skills which they learnt to their work at the centre in order to be more productive and we are seeing the results through improvements in the children's health.   
32 children undertook three months training on “Chicken Raising Techniques” which was conducted at the centre and trained by a third year student, Loek Vichet, from Prek Leap Agricultural School. After the training, there are seven children who have started raising their own chickens at the centre. As well as giving them important life skills, we hope that this initiative will lead to a significant improvement in the protein intake for the children.
All the children are still working hard on the vegetable garden and also raising ducks. We have been lucky to have a number of visiting volunteer teachers, who helped teaching English at HAP, alongside our CamKids English teacher, Sok Piseth. All the children were very enthusiastic and  keen to improve their English. 
This year, Chhem Kuyseng, an 18-year-old boy graduated from high school and has registered for the Royal University of Agriculture in Phnom Penh, supported by CamKids. He is willing to help the centre by using his knowledge from the university. This is also an achievement for HAP and for CamKids for investing in his education. There are another three girls studying at grade 12 this year too.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

NBIC

Cambodia’s National Borey for Infants and Children, or NBIC, is a government-run centre that is home to abandoned or orphaned HIV/AIDS-positive and special-needs children and young adults. Centers like this are very rare in Cambodia and are very necessary; it can be challenging to contemplate the scale of the human unhappiness at NBIC, but the centre is an incredibly loving and happy place where the best interests of the children are at the forefront of everything that is done there. Currently, there are 99 children and young adults living at NBIC.
CamKids has provided all medicine and hygiene products at the home since 2011. It is essential that hygiene and cleanliness standards are strictly implemented, as this has a huge impact on the health and wellbeing of the children, many of whom are incontinent and prone to infections; diseases have reduced considerably since this funding started. 
CamKids also sponsors two part-time physiotherapists for stimulation activities with the more severe special-needs teenagers. These therapists help stretch and move the muscles of the children, which reduces atrophy and spasms. They also use various exercise equipment in order to make it more fun for the children, such as pulling rings. At the same time the children are being held and embraced, so they feel safe and secure. 
The therapists work with the children in activity rooms that allow children to sing, dance, learn the alphabet in both English and Khmer and play games with each other – as well as one-on-one time with the carers, to allow for more intensive therapy. This is vital for the children’s health and to make them feel happy and supported.


Tuesday, 1 April 2014

SEAL Cambodia Dental Programme

The SEAL Cambodia project is funded by CamKids and the Global Child Dental Fund, with materials and supplies provided by GC Asia and Colgate, to provide sealants on the first permanent molars of up to 60,000 Grade 2 children over a three year period. 
At present, the average Cambodian 6 year old has 9 decayed primary teeth and the average 12 year old has 3.6 decayed permanent teeth, mostly affecting the first permanent molars. Most children have no access to dental treatment and by the time they are in their teens, need to have one or more of their permanent teeth extracted when the decay becomes too deep. The Seal Cambodia project aims to prevent decay from developing in molar teeth through early intervention by providing fissure sealants on the teeth of Grade 2 Cambodian school children. 
To date our delivery partners have provided treatment to children in more than 36 primary schools located in Phnom Penh and this is being extended to include children in Kampong Cham, Kampot and Kampong Speu. Our team of dentists, dental nurses, assistants and dental students provide not only sealant protection for the children, but also oral health education and tooth brushing instruction. Every child receives a free toothbrush so that they can continue to clean their teeth at home. Parents are informed if there are dental problems identified requiring ongoing treatments at a local dental clinic.
During the five months to February 2014, 9,810 children were treated with 20,618 children in total to date and we have therefore achieved the goal of treating over 20,000 children before 20 March 2014, which is International Oral Health Day. As the cost of the fissure sealant, toothbrushes and toothpaste are donated by our partners and much of the work is undertaken by volunteer Cambodian trainee dentists, the cost of treating each child is only $1. A regular donation of only £5 per month will allow us to treat an additional 100 children per year. If you would like to support this valuable work, please contact us.

Thursday, 27 March 2014

New School Building at CCC School

A great day on Sunday out at the Chbar Chros Community School in Kampong Speu, for the blessing for the new school building. A huge crowd had gathered to watch the blessing and the speeches; the atmosphere was happy and enthusiastic, despite the searing heat.
We started with some of the pupils demonstrating traditional Khmer classical dance and despite some slight hiccups with the sound system, the girls were wonderfully elegant. Then we had the monks’ blessing, and speeches from Mr. Leang Chanthy, Deputy Director of Provincial  Education, Youth and SportsMr. Cheng Thoeung, Commune Leader of Krang Chek and Dom SharpeCamKids Trustee.
The outstanding students were then presented with certificates by Benita Sharpe, (CamKids Trustee), Stan Fryman, (Donor) and Mr Leang Chanthy and gifts of school books or backpacks, to encourage them to continue their hard work. The delight on their faces was obvious.
Finally we heard from Stan Frymann, without whom none of this would be possible. As well as funding the construction of the two classrooms and library, Stan has also been teaching at the school for the past few weeks, even staying at the CamKids staff accomodation overnight on many occasions. It’s tough out there for a Westerner and Stan’s fortitude and hard work have been hugely appreciated by everyone. Stan’s donation was part of a legacy from his late mother and some of her artworks have been incorporated into the building. Sunday was the anniversary of her birthday - she would have been thrilled and proud to see what Stan, the local community and CamKids have done together to improve life for the people of Chbar Chros. Thanks, Stan, from all of us.  
The speeches were followed by a delicious lunch, and then dancing. While the Western guests were preparing to leave the community to it, Dom was persuaded to have one dance. He brought the house down. 
Thanks to everyone involved for all their hard work on Sunday, and we look forward to continuing to work with everyone in the future to continue to educate, nourish and improve the health of everyone at Chbar Chros and across Cambodia.