Supply Healthcare to Floating Villages in Cambodia

by The Lake Clinic - Cambodia
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Supply Healthcare to Floating Villages in Cambodia
Supply Healthcare to Floating Villages in Cambodia
Supply Healthcare to Floating Villages in Cambodia
Supply Healthcare to Floating Villages in Cambodia
Supply Healthcare to Floating Villages in Cambodia
Supply Healthcare to Floating Villages in Cambodia
Supply Healthcare to Floating Villages in Cambodia
Supply Healthcare to Floating Villages in Cambodia
Supply Healthcare to Floating Villages in Cambodia
Supply Healthcare to Floating Villages in Cambodia
Supply Healthcare to Floating Villages in Cambodia
Supply Healthcare to Floating Villages in Cambodia
Supply Healthcare to Floating Villages in Cambodia
Supply Healthcare to Floating Villages in Cambodia
Supply Healthcare to Floating Villages in Cambodia
Supply Healthcare to Floating Villages in Cambodia
Supply Healthcare to Floating Villages in Cambodia
Supply Healthcare to Floating Villages in Cambodia
Supply Healthcare to Floating Villages in Cambodia
Supply Healthcare to Floating Villages in Cambodia
Supply Healthcare to Floating Villages in Cambodia
Supply Healthcare to Floating Villages in Cambodia
Supply Healthcare to Floating Villages in Cambodia
Supply Healthcare to Floating Villages in Cambodia
Supply Healthcare to Floating Villages in Cambodia
Supply Healthcare to Floating Villages in Cambodia
Supply Healthcare to Floating Villages in Cambodia
Supply Healthcare to Floating Villages in Cambodia
Supply Healthcare to Floating Villages in Cambodia
Supply Healthcare to Floating Villages in Cambodia
Supply Healthcare to Floating Villages in Cambodia
Supply Healthcare to Floating Villages in Cambodia
Supply Healthcare to Floating Villages in Cambodia
The waiting area on the Steung Sen River
The waiting area on the Steung Sen River

Life, for all of us, has been challenging throughout 2021. Remarkably Cambodia had been spared the worst of the COVID pandemic in 2020 in terms of illness and its burden on health resources, but the economic impact on tourism has been felt throughout the country. However, beginning in February of 2021, Cambodia had its first "surge" of infections and community spread and The Lake Clinic had to suspend services from 31 May through 25 June because of a nationwide ban on travel. We also had to stop working from 5-16 July as some of our clinical staff had "close contact" with a COVID-patient that required all staff to self-isolate at our homes for 10 days.

Even with these challenges our Clinical Teams were able to provide the following services:

1 January - 15 December, 2021

  • 310 Clinics Held
  • 7,783 Adult Women
  • 2,682 Adult Men
  • 3,172 Children Under 15 Years of Age

Educational Services Provided:

  • 7,229 General Health Education
  • 7,496 Oral Health Education
  • 4,852 Birth Spacing Education

Sub-services:

  • 300 Ante-natal Care
  • 204 Dental
  • 208 Birth Spacing
  • 546 Eye Care
  • 1,437 Vaccinations
  • 30 Hospital Referrals

Our dedicated Outreach Team of midwives and nurses provided the following:

  • 2,438 Home Visits
  • 76 Adolescent Health Sessions (Schools were closed for much of 2021)
  • 34 Mothers Club Meetings (the need for "social distancing" limited these meetings)

     Children at Risk (CAR)

  • 422, Bio-metric Assessments of Children Under Five
  • 107 Children at Risk of Malnutrition
  • 57 Children Recovered after Intervention

     Clean Water

  • 72 New Bio-sand Filters Installed
  • 150 Follow-up Visits for Supervision and Maintenance

     Family Nutritions

  • 177 New Gardens Planted
  • 252 Follow-up Visits

     Mental Health

  • 245 Sessions with 41 Clients
Installing a bio-sand filter in a floating home.
Installing a bio-sand filter in a floating home.
Vaccinating a little one
Vaccinating a little one
Ultrasound scanning aboard the TLC-4. It's private
Ultrasound scanning aboard the TLC-4. It's private
Taking measurements as a part of CAR activities.
Taking measurements as a part of CAR activities.
Gardening wherever and however it can be done.
Gardening wherever and however it can be done.
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Clean water is essential to a family's good health
Clean water is essential to a family's good health

Though we in Cambodia had been relatively lucky in the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, this second year has been completely different with the emergence of the Delta Variant's arrival in Cambodia. We have been locked down, and we have been locked out from having access to any of our boats after our port of call -- Kompong Khleang -- was declared a "red zone".

We have done what we have always done. We made adjustments. We adapted. Whether it is the now unpredictable water depths in the Tonle Sap Lake, or the tempermental nature of a boat's engine, we have always found a way to continue working to provide free health care, health education and healthy family development despite the difficulties.

In this Second Quarter of 2021 The Lake Clinic:

  • Held 83 clinics.
  • And treated 2,798 cases of disease and injury.
  • Provided health education, primarily COVID, to 1,589 individuals.
  • 259 vaccinations for early childhood illnesses
  • 111 Mental Health visits.
  • and more!
Monitoring children at risk of malnutrition.
Monitoring children at risk of malnutrition.
The TLC-4 at sunset.
The TLC-4 at sunset.
Dr Rida provides health education on the Stung Sen
Dr Rida provides health education on the Stung Sen
The port at Kompong Khleang
The port at Kompong Khleang
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Dr. Phin Sopheak
Dr. Phin Sopheak

The Lake Clinic - Cambodia is very thankful to everyone who is helping us to stay afloat financially through these trying times. We had been fortunate that Cambodia had been spared from the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic; that is until the end of February 2021. COVID-19 is now here and in Thailand as well as other SouthEast Asian countries. Cambodia's health infrastructure is stressed. Schools are being used as quarantine centers. Wedding halls and convention centers have been turned into hospitals.

Travel between provinces has been problematic, but fortunately TLC's reputation with the Ministry of Health and our Provincial Health Department partners has allowe our staff to travel when and where necessary. So far our efforts to both teach and practice the necessary precautions against the spread of COVID-19 have been successful with no one from TLC or any of our communities being exposed.

In this First Quarter of 2021 The Lake Clinic provided 10,781 clinical services across the nine villages that we serve. We were also able to provide health screening and health education to 254 school children.

This is only possible with your continued support.

Ms. Kim Eli, midwife, doing duty as the registrar
Ms. Kim Eli, midwife, doing duty as the registrar
Drs. Sopheak and Phirom provide health education.
Drs. Sopheak and Phirom provide health education.
Sunset on another busy day.
Sunset on another busy day.

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Clean water is essential to good health!
Clean water is essential to good health!

There will be a nearly universal sigh of relief echoing around the world as 2020 comes to an end, and though the end is still a few days away it is a good time to reflect upon the work and the progress that The Lake Clinic - Cambodia has accomplished even in these troubling times.

The final numberss are not in yet. The deadline for this report arrives earlier than our official "end of the year", but you can be proud of what TLC has done--even with an enforced "slow down" in April and May of this year. As of this writing, TLC has held 300 clinics across the 9 villages that we serve in both Siem Reap and Kompong Thom Provinces. TLC's Clinical Team has treated more than 16,000 cases, and our Outreach Team has made almost 5,000 visits to homes, and has conducted health education (of course COVID-19 has been a constant topic) for families, mothers and separate educational sessions for teenagers.

A house visit by a TLC Outreach Team member.
A house visit by a TLC Outreach Team member.
Health Education in the early days of COVID
Health Education in the early days of COVID
Homemade PPE protects clinician and patients alike
Homemade PPE protects clinician and patients alike
TLC clinician with a "mature" patient.
TLC clinician with a "mature" patient.
A small floating garden for home based nutrition.
A small floating garden for home based nutrition.

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Since COVID-19 became a global pandemic in March 2019, day to day life at The Lake Clinic has become much different.

The Lake Clinic - Cambodia temporarily suspended services from March 23 - April 30 in order to prevent staff members from unknowingly carrying and spreading the COVID-19 virus to the eight villages TLC serves. With the village locations being some of the most isolated and remote in the country, the biggest risk factor for being exposed to the virus was TLC’s team coming and going to Siem Reap each week.

As of Monday, May 4th operations resumed at 50%, with only one team going each week instead of two, and will alternate between the lake and the river. This decision was reached after monitoring the number of cases in Cambodia and the spread after Khmer New Year. A decision for each week of service will be made
the week prior in order to make the best decisions on whether to roll out full service or suspend again.

We adjusted our budget to reflect our half schedule until we reopened at 100% in July, and used only 50% of what was budgeted for staff salaries and transportation. However, there were many expenses that are constant. For example, pharamaceutical costs are remaining at 100% as we are providing uninterrupted supplies for our chronic patients regardless of our physical presence.

TLC has seen a shift in funding for 2020 as many funders have changed their priorities this year to fund communities closer to home and/or directly funding COVID-19 work in hospitals. Many funders have also decreased their grant contribution in order to fund more projects. The Lake Clinic has seen almost $100,000 in expected funding lost due to the coronavirus pandemic.

While the team was not physically in the villages the doctors moved into telemedicine and provided phone consults to an average of 20 patients a week throughout the suspension.

Patients that we have been treating are a mix of all ages, and many were calling with symptoms of dehydration and malnutrition. We saw an increase of patients when in-person service began, as many people were worried about the virus and many chronic care patients needed to check in with their doctor. Additionally, with more people returning home from their factory and construction work in Thailand we saw an increase in all manner of social and medical problems, particularly malnutrition and an exacerbation of already endemic illnesses a result. This is because there are more people in the home and those who are no longer working are not sending money to the families on the lake.

The doctors who provided telemedicine did not report any cases of suspected COVID-19 or had patients reporting symptoms of the virus.

Beyond healthcare, our Outreach team is working to provide education on the virus and how to protect yourself by washing your hands regularly and adhering to social distancing. The team handed out over 1,000 bars of soap in the week leading up to service suspension and left quantities with the village chiefs in each village in order to be sure that families had access while TLC was away. The team is also providing education around how the virus is and is not spread as there is misinformation rampant in Cambodia currently.

TLC remains the only source of professional healthcare available in these communities now and into the future. While COVID-19 has presented unprecendented new challenges, our work will continue to be on the front line of surveillance and early intervention of this virus.

Sewing Masks
Sewing Masks
Doctors in Full PPE
Doctors in Full PPE
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The Lake Clinic - Cambodia

Location: Siem Reap - Cambodia
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Jon Morgan
Siem Reap, Cambodia
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