Public Health in Cambodia
- Placement locations: Various disadvantaged communities around northern Phnom Penh and on silk island
- Role: To work in the field of healthcare and provide basic health services to the local island community
- Accommodation: Shared volunteer apartments
- Price: From
- What’s included? Food, accommodation, transfers to and from our specified airport, insurance, personal webpage, induction and orientation, 24/7 support
- What’s not included? Flights, visa costs, spending money
- Length of placement: From 1 week
- Start dates: Flexible
The Public Health placement in Cambodia is an ideal way for you to gain practical experience in the healthcare field, while giving back to communities in need. Whether you are a student looking to gain experience or already work in the public health field, you can make a positive contribution to local communities with limited access to healthcare and affordable treatment.
Your role on this project will include providing basic health services and education on illness prevention and the spread of disease when visiting communities, childcare centres, schools, and a centre for disabled children and stroke victims. As well as conducting home-visits and hosting community outreaches for the public.
On this placement, you will work in various disadvantaged communities around northern Phnom Penh and on silk island.
In January 2014, Projects Abroad started working with the Khemara Organisation to open three new care centres. The organisation was the first local NGO in Cambodia to support vulnerable people, including women, children and disadvantaged families. We also work with various other NGOs and disadvantaged communities. Our Care and Micro-finance volunteers already support local staff by working in these centres, and we will be collaborating with them for our Public Health project.
Public Health Volunteering on Koh Dach Island
All Public Health coordinators have a medical background, speak Khmer and have good English skills. This will makes it easier for you to communicate with locals, review their condition, provide advice and when necessary, medication.
During a home visit, non-invasive testing is conducted. These tests include a basic diagnostic to reveal the main functions of body organs that may need treatment, as well as tests for blood pressure, blood glucose levels and weight. Some cases might have to be referred to a nearby government-funded clinic; they may also provide transport to relevant and appropriate hospitals or doctors if available. Common conditions requiring further assistance may include:
- High blood pressure/hypertension
- High blood sugar levels
- Loss of appetite
- Arthritis and related conditions
- Pain management in general
You will also have the opportunity to provide basic health services for children at kindergarten centres and schools. These visits tie in with our Care Project and the 'Early Childhood Development' and 'Improving Hygiene' goals we have in place. This also ties in with child protection and the greater holistic approach to public health. Testing or evaluation may include:
- Skin disorders
- Anaemia (through physical symptoms)
- Chest problems
- Basic teeth checks
- Common colds and flu
- Cuts and infections
On Fridays you will work in the office, recording, analysing and reporting on findings along with coordinators. You will spend time creating educational presentations or attend skill improvement workshops, and presentations on why Public Health is needed in Cambodia, and the best way you can help. You will use a database to record all patient details and can refer back to information collected at previous consultations. Follow up and evaluation of intervention is completed after each visit. This will work in combination with the medical management plans in order to track and monitor long-term outcomes.