To fulfill the objectives above, the program will span 16 days of medical, cultural and spiritual experiences in Kampong Thom, Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, Kampot and Kep.
Objective 1: Provide Free Primary Health Care (medical, optical, surgical and dental) to the rural poor of Cambodia, working closely with Cambodian health professionals through a learning exchange at Baray-Santuk Referral Hospital, KomPong Thom Province, Cambodia. We will work to provide opportunities for professionals to apply their expertise in consulting and teaching, working with Cambodian doctors, nurses, medical students, interpreters and assistants to provide primary health care services to around 100-150 poor rural patients a day at the Baray–Santuk Referral Hospital. The hospital anticipates that providers will see a range of problems ranging from chronic diseases like diabetes to goiters requiring surgery. The team will be offering care to very needy patients in a resource-limited region, possibly in a volume that exceeds our ability to offer care to everyone.
During the stay in Kompong Thom, the team will participate in a Khmer Village Home Stay, experiencing life in rural Cambodia. During the homestay, all meals will be provided on-site and with a high standard of food safety. The homestay families promise not to serve such Cambodian delicacies as fried spiders or insects, but you will get a chance to sample typical home-cooked cuisine at the Solar Café. The Baray-Santuk Hospital is about 10 minutes from the home stay. During the stay in the province, opportunities will be afforded to discover the beauty of Cambodian villages and their people.
For detailed information about the homestay please refer to: http://khmerhomestaybaray.com/khmer-home-involvement-project-6.html
Objective 2: Participate in a Compassion Tour that includes an in-depth tour of HOPE worldwide’s work in Cambodia, including the Sihanouk Hospital Center of HOPE (SHCH), Sonja Kill Memorial Hospital, and HOPE worldwide Medical Centers (HMCs). The tours will include observation of ward rounds, opportunities to consult and educate, interaction with staff with time for questions, and discussion of needs and opportunities. You’ll see HOPE worldwide programs in Cambodia that have impacted over a million patients and educated many medical professionals.
Objective 3: Enhance international understanding and friendship through educational, cultural, and humanitarian activities involving the exchange of ideas and experiences among people of diverse cultures. The team is going to be very multinational and will have the opportunity to see cultural icons such as Cambodia’s Royal Palace. A tour of Tuol Sleng will display the Killing Fields, and tell the story of the Cambodian people’s survival through the Khmer Rouge regime in the late 1970s. Cambodians over 50 are quick to share a smile, and will have stories to share about their experiences, losses, and what it took to overcome.