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Bring Mental Health Care to Cambodians

by Cambodia Transcultural Psychosocial Organization
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The Annual Report of Operation Unchained Project 2019

1. Objectives:

  To improve mental health and eventually free mentally ill patients who have been locked up due to their mental illness or due to the lack of access to appropriate treatment.

  Raise awareness of mental health issues in rural Cambodian communities and demonstrates that there are alternatives to chaining up family members struggling with severe and chronic mental illness.

2. Mobile team

  Mr. Seang Leap          Project Coordinator/Psychologist

  Dr Ang Sody               Clinician/Senior Psychiatrist

3. Partners

  Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, Ministry of Health

  Provincial Health Department

  District Health Office, Referral Hospitals and Health Centers

  Local authorities

4. Number of patients:

The project has contacted for treatment psychotic patients who are locked up or chained by families or relatives.

  128 patients contacted the project.

  123 received the treatment, 68 in male and 55 in female live in 15 provinces of Cambodia.

  5 cases are in waiting list.

  In 2019, 30 patients are new cases.

5. The result of treatment

  78 patients are unchained by their families.

  5 patients died because of physical illness.

  9 patients are dropped out.

  28 cases are still chained.

  5 cases are in waiting list.

72% of the patients who are in the treatment were unchained by their families.

6. Challenges

  A few of families didn’t provide enough care for patients. This made the condition of mentally ill patients better slowly.

  Some patients live in dispersed areas and long distances, so we spend long time for traveling to see them.

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A 41-year-old man lives in rural area of Prey Veng provincehas been chained alone behind the old cottage by his family for more than 20 years. He was chained to one of cement pillars that was to be built for constructing the house. There was no one who could get near him because of his harmful violent behavior. He stays on flat of hill surrounded by streams of water that are flooding the village without clothes. His mother revealed emotionally that when she offered dress to him, he would damage it, when making wooden bed for him to sit on and sleep, he would damage it. As result his life is in terrible situation like this, look like animal.

Before he was sick with schizophrenia, he had been a monk for one year. He became ill at 18 years of age. He then swam across the river, has strange behavior such as talking alone, withdrawal, angry without reason, aggressive commiting violence, making harm with knives at others and his families. His family’s members experienced injury caused by his action. His mother was a widow (her husband had an affair with another woman and left them). Because of being poor and keeping safety, as well she didn’t know where she could access mental health treatment at that time, she decided to chain him with the help from local authorities.

A local NGO which works in this area contacted TPO Treatment mobile team under Operation Unchain Project to provide treatment for this case. He has received from TPO since August 2018 up to now.
So far, the patient has been under treatment for 14 months. Currently, the patient's psychiatric sings and symptoms have improved gradually. He now could be dressed and communicable. He calms down and sleep at night. His relatives can come in to clean up for him and make shelter for preventing from the sun and rain. The team also brought some snacks such as noodles and drinks for this patient. No help from TPO, he has been chained until he dies and his mother has felt guilty for the whole life, his mother said.

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A client is 26 years, female, living in Tboung Khmum province, has been sick with Schizophrenia for over a year. After her family felt hopeless for recovery, she had been chained or locked up for 6 months. Then her family has got an information about the operation unchain project, he contacted us for getting the treatment.

She got married with a daughter. Then her husband went to Thailand for employment as laborer and he has an affair with another girl. She felt suffered strongly. After that she is yelling, angry, cursing, disturbed behavior, talk alone, hallucination (hearing voice), delusion, running away, restlessness, not sleep at night.

Her family brought her to see traditional healers (Krou Khmer) who are monkhood and lay people. She was referred to see 4 famous traditional healers, as result there was no improvement and much expense. Then her family brought her to see psychiatrist in town, and get medicine for treatment. She took medicine for 2 months, but there was noticeable improvement then in the third month she took all medicine (80 tablets). She was referred to provincial hospital then referred to national hospital in Phnom Penh for saving her life. After that she was chained or locked up.

After receiving the treatment from TPO mobile treatment team for 3 weeks, she has been improved and she asked for being unchained. Then her family released her from chain and she took medicine voluntarily.

Her family and her neighbors have never expected to get recovery like this. They recognized that this treatment is free of charge and very effective. They thanked for TPO and for donors that help this patent to be better. If there is no help from TPO, she would be chained or locked up for the rest of her life.

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Suong Mom, Female, 28 years, lives in Kampong Speu province, was sick for 8 years and was chained for 3 years.

She is orphan child. After getting married, she was pregnant and fall back and she has head injury. After delivery, she was sick. She had strange behavior, no insight even though her son she didn’t know. She could not sleep at night, yelling her husband, agitated, talkative, incoherent speech. When she met her husband, she made him harmful physically. Her husband brought her to see many traditional healers and expense a lot of money. Her husband brought her to see psychiatrist at Russian Hospital (National Hospital). She had got treatment at Russian Hospital for 3 years then she was better. Expense for her treatments for medical treatment and traditional healing made her family become poor.

After being better, she had got a job at garment factory. Later on she was relapsed and then medical treatment could not make her better. No hope for recovery and her behavior was very harmful for others especially children, as well neighbors’ suggestion, her husband with an approval from village authority decided to chain her. After being chained, she didn’t get treatment anymore. Her neighbors mentioned that they felt insecure with her. She damaged roof of the house, burn dress and expressed aggressive behavior.

When getting contact on TV screen (project coordinator was invited to be a guest speaker on TV regarding treatment for mentally ill patients who are locked up or chained), his husband contacted the project for getting treatment.

She was delivered from chained after getting treatment 3months. Her neighbors are very appreciated, joyful and excited for her improvement. She could cook for her husband and son.

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Dear supporters,

I would like to present you a short video clip describe about  "TPO helps unchain man locked up by family for almost 30 years"

A man 55 years old has mental health problem for almost 30 years. His family told that his psychosis symtoms started after he was threatened cruelly by thieves while he was helping to release villager's cows in the forest that stolen by thieves. He felt afraid, fear and become more and more difficult, his sister try very hard to look after him and take him to get treatment but his problems getting worse he become an aggressive person cause a lot of trouble to his family and destroy neigbors property etc.. Then, his family decided to chain him into the house to protect him from any dangers act.

His sister expressed that, “It is very painful for me, it look like died when being a live"

Since he got treatment from TPO his agressive behavior has disappeared and his family decided to unchain him now. His family and neighbors feel very excited, joyful and much appreciated with the work of our TPO's team.

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Thank you very much for your interesting and supporting for our project. Highly appreciate as well if you can share our fund raising information to your friends and networks. Please feel free to contact us with any questions, comments or ideas at admin@tpocambodia.org.

 

 

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Cambodia Transcultural Psychosocial Organization

Location: Phnom Penh - Cambodia
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Leap Seang
Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh Cambodia
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