In 2008, this organization joined forces with Oddar Meanchey’s provincial government and began partnering with NGOs to initiate several volunteering projects in the Northern Cambodian countryside.
This project’s goal is to provide affordable medical treatment to Samraong’s community members. The main hospital has only 15 doctors, 36 nurses and 2 midwives; an insufficient number for the amount of patients seeking medical care there. Often patients who need medical assistance outnumber the staff which results in patients not getting to see a doctor at all. In addition, this hospital recently introduced a free HIV testing facility, which has expanded their treatment abilities, but created greater stress for the hospital staff.
You will begin your placement observing and monitoring hospital practices. Unless you’re qualified to assist with more hands-on tasks, you will primarily be shadowing a doctor or nurse. Your tasks may include:
- Shadowing a nurse while he/she checks patients’ vital signs
- Shadowing a doctor during patient consultations
- Dressing wounds (if qualified)
- Assisting in different operations, such as appendectomies and cesarean sections (if qualified)
In accordance with Cambodian law, you will also always be under the supervision of a registered doctor.
You will work from 8:00AM to 5:00PM a day, Monday to Friday. The schedule for this program is flexible and depends primarily on the needs and requirements of the hospital during your volunteering.