There are a number of health care initiatives working with people in and around Siem Reap, and volunteers are placed on projects according to their particular skills.
Many health care programmes are based around community centres in rural villages, and we send volunteers to two of these centres. The centres are focused on meeting the needs of families who live on or just above the poverty line. In many of the villages all water comes from community wells. Water has to be boiled or run through filters before it is safe to drink but 30% of families don’t have water filters. Many villages have no sewage system. In these circumstances basic health care practices are often lacking. Also, many families have never been taught good hygiene practices. The centres provide health, first aid and nutrition training for the local community. They welcome support in developing health and nutrition programmes, preparing resources and planning and helping to deliver workshops.
Another health care project is the Lake Clinic. The doctors who work for this project care for the health of people living around or on Tonle Sap Lake, far from dry land during the rainy season and remote from any form of health care. They have two boats which go out to floating clinics on the lake for three days every week, camping out overnight, with each boat carrying a team of doctors, dentists, nurses and midwives. The Lake Clinic welcomes appropriately qualified medical and dental volunteers to join their team.