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Supply Healthcare to Floating Villages in Cambodia

by The Lake Clinic - Cambodia
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Supply Healthcare to Floating Villages in 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

2020 is in full swing! January 2020 showed us a new high in services provided to our villages with a total 3,880 services!

During November, December, and January The Lake Clinic team ran 95 clinics, saw 2,567 patients, and provided care for 3,473 diagnoses. These diagnoses range from the common cold to leprosy and everything in between. 

In January alone, TLC's Outreach team installed 9 new water filters and followed up and supplied maintenance on 67 previously installed filters. 

Attached you will find our quarterly activity report that includes a break down of exactly how and where all of our services were in action. In the activity report there are a selection of success stories from the past 3 months that illustrate the work and the meaning it has for the families on the lake and river.

Some of the work that was completed was around Yeiy Sarun*, a 68 year old female who TLC has suspected had Leprosy and/or Tuberculosis who lives in Kscarshiros (the river village). Here is her story:

For the past 4 years Yeiy has been seeing doctors at The Lake Clinic about a wound on her nose but around 18 months ago Yeiy stopped coming into the clinic.

Worried, Dr. Rida went to her home 6 months ago and found that her initial wound had spread and now covers her entire face, head, neck, shoulders, and back.

Additionally, Yeiy has developed a deep lung cough and reports coughing up blood. For the previous six months The Lake Clinic doctors have been providing home care for Yeiy - each time asking more and more urgently to take her to the nearest provincial hospital. According to Cambodian law - The Lake Clinic cannot perform the initial diagnostic test for both Tuberculosis or Leprosy. 

For months, we have believed Yeiy has contracted Tuberculosis, Leprosy, or both. But because she needs to travel and spend three days in the provincial hospital she has been unwilling to go. You see, Yeiy is the primary caregiver for her five grandchildren. Their mothers (her daughters) work long days in the rice fields and their husbands sometimes spend months in Thailand working. For Yeiy, it's not that she doesn't care about potentially passing along her disease to the children it's that she has not felt like she can leave the children long enough to get tested. 

This week, after multiple visits from TLC, Yeiy has finally agreed to go to get a diagnosis. 

At the end of this week - TLC will cover the cost of transportation of Yeiy to Kampong Thom Provincial Hospital as well as a stipend for food while she is there. Next week, our doctors will be able to know and understand Yiey's diagnosis and ensure that both she and her family have the best care available. 

80% of people living in Asia have latent Tuberculosis - TLC treats multiple cases a year but consistently has a difficult time convincing the patients to travel to receive the initial diagnosis. 

However, because of our referral program each year The Lake Clinic is able to provide referral and transports to those people and families who require it.

 

Thank you so much for your investment in The Lake Clinic. We are so grateful for your support and we hope to be able to count on you now and in the future to provide the support and healthcare to those who would otherwise go without. 

Your donation makes a difference and for every $8 TLC can provide 1 service to someone in need. 

 

*Names changed for privacy reasons

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As The Lake Clinic rounds out the fourth quarter and begins to enter into 2020, we’d like to share with you about the services we provided to the people living on the Tonle Sap in the final months of 2019.

From September to November, The Lake Clinic serviced 2,349 clinical patients and made 3,847 diagnoses. 2,355 people received Health Education and 642 villagers had a midwife come to their home and teach them Outreach Education.

In total, TLC delivered 8,250 services in just 3 months. These services range from providing care to someone recovering from Tuberculosis to teaching first time expectant mothers how to care for an infant and breast feeding.

In the attached document you can find a chart illustrating all of the care TLC has given across the eight villages we were able to travel to. To show you some of the work that was accomplished, here is the story of Nita, a 13 month old baby girl who lives in the village of Kscarshiros (the river clinic).

Nita was the victim of a flash burn after an aerosol can fell into the cooking fire inside of her family’s home. She suffered from superficial and first degree burns all over her body. Nita’s family had just moved to Kscarchiros and had not been to The Lake Clinic before.

During the weekly house to house visits, one of TLC’s midwives saw Nita in her home 6 days post burn. The mother had been tending to the burn by washing it with pumped river water but the child had not been taken to a doctor to have the wounds checked or debrided. The midwife tried to convince the mother to bring the child to the clinic for The Lake Clinic doctors to check her burns and treat them accordingly but the mother did not think that it was necessary as they were beginning to heal.

Once back to the clinic the midwife who found the child showed pictures to the doctors and nurses, as well as sent to the other doctors and nurses who work for The Lake Clinic. The group consensus was that the following day one of the doctors working at the river clinic that week would travel to the home of the baby and check her wounds. The next day, Dr. Phirom went with the midwife back to the home of the child. After observing her wounds, the doctor provided the mother with a burn cream and an antibiotic to treat the area on her arm that was had early stage of infection, and an liquid paracetamol to relieve some of the child’s pain. The team told the mother that if the infection got worse she needed to take Nita to the hospital immediately and that we could help arrange transportation if she needed it.

The next week, the doctors went back to check on Nita and her wounds were almost completely scabbed and no longer open and exposed. For the following month the TLC continued to check in on the baby and ensure her burns healed perfectly. For this and other stories of patients and villagers that we care for on the lake, check out the attached document to learn about the work we’re doing in Outreach.

 

Thank you so much for donating and investing in TLC and the lives of those who live across the Tonle Sap. We are so grateful for you.

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The Lake Clinic - Cambodia

Location: Siem Reap - Cambodia
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Madeline Njos
Siem Reap, Cambodia
$26,271 raised of $30,000 goal
 
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