Thanks to our many sponsors and our great team, our January 2016 clinics in Kratie Province, Cambodia were a success. We had a number of returning team members and look forward to working with them again in 2017. Please see the following chart for staffing:
|Physician & Physician Assistants||Diagnosing, Prescribing, Education||Cheryl, Emily, Anna|
|Nurses||Triage, Testing, Treatment, Education||Elisa, Sally, Stephanie|
|Pharmacist||Distribution of Medication, Education||Meghan|
|Nurse Practitioner Student||Education, Treatment||Crystal|
|Cambodian Contact||Kept Everything Running Smoothly||Sophal|
|Translators||Overcoming the Language Barrier||Tara, Dan, Bunly, Daneth, Nareach, San, Rithy, Narith, Tong|
|Van Drivers||Moving People and Equipment Reliably||Sopheap, Srorn|
1600 patients in 10 clinics, the most that we have seen to date! We do blood pressure screening and blood sugar testing on all adults. We were able to diagnose and treat the high incidence of hypertension and diabetes in the population.
|500||940||185||29% of adults were hypertensive. 12.5% were diabetic.|
Patients present a wide variety of common complaints and we treat everything that we can. There are children with diseases, injuries and birth defects that can be treated in the US but are not in Cambodia. While care is free, a patient referred to hospital, must have a caretaker, pay for the food while at the hospital and pay for transportation. Some of our donations are used to cover these costs which are beyond what most can afford. Major treatment areas follow:
|High Blood Pressure||Testing &Medication||A serious and undiagnosed health issues in Cambodia|
|Diabetes||Blood Sugar Testing &Medication||Often unaware that they are hypoglycemic or actively diabetic|
|Wounds||Disinfecting, Stitching, Antibiotics, Diabetic Wound Treatment||Lack of primary care and medical supplies are significant issues|
|Injuries||Treatment as Indicated||Many injuries are work related and from falls|
|Other Common Diseases & Symptoms||Treatment as indicated for fever, joint pain, cancer, cardiac issues, goiter, cataracts||Limited immediate and ongoing treatment and medication|
|Medications||Antibiotics etc etc etc||We distributed literally thousands of doses|
|Necessary Referrals||50 people referred to hospitals in Phenom Penh & Siem Riep||We help with travel and food expenses for referrals|
There were 102 patients asked to return on the last day of clinic at Kratie Hospital to determine if medications ordered were working, check diabetic wounds that had been treated and follow up on other treatments. 64 did return (63%), an amazing number due to distance and cost to come from the outlying areas. Please see our blog tab for details on each 2016 clinic day.
Four years ago, we started distributing small notebooks to our diabetic and hypertensive patients to record the blood pressure and glucose levels as well as medications ordered. Some of our patients bring those books back year after year- not perfect record keeping but it is a start.
Primary patient care is what we do. Education and training are what we leave behind. We educate patients and their famlies every step of the clinic process. Cheryl did a presentation on EKGs to the Kratie Medical Staff. Our relationship with the local clinic staff employees is improving and they remained during clinics to help and to listen.
A benefit of working so closely with our translators is that they learn so much about medical conditions and treatments that they can share with their communities. Four translators are medical students who enjoyed the opportunity to work with medical professionals and to practice their English. The following lists the educational activities we conducted this year.
|Hand Washing &Exercise||
Thank you to our generous sponsors especially our anchor sponsor, Gourley Family Foundation and NiPro Diagnostics who provided all of the diabetes testing equipment and supplies.
Cheryl and Elisa thank our team members who gave up their vacation time and paid their way to join us- you are the heart of what we do!