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Is There A Doctor In The Village ?

As part of our job we go and visit and support a small village in the province (countryside) about one and a half hours drive out of Phnom Penh. Our main focus is to help and support a small kindergarten and ladies sewing group there. The other week both of these projects were put on hold for a day as a medical team from Australia called GAIN (Global Aid Network) came to the village to give as many people as possible medical checkups. There were also two dentists and an optician available.

The school building was converted to a big clinic-with a big waiting room

The school building was converted to a big clinic-with a big waiting room

Leaflets were handed out a week before and between 150 and 200 people turned up to take advantage of the free services on offer. Medical treatment for those in the province is pretty scarce and if they have any serious illness they will need to go to Phnom Penh which is about 65 km away and will cost them extra money- for the treatment and the travel- which they usually don’t have.

Waiting for the Doc..

Waiting for the Doc..

The medical team used the school building as their “hospital” and many of the children who should have been at school came along with their families to see what the doctor could do for them. The whole day was very well organised and there was face painting,balloon making and hairdressing all available to the children. All treatment was free and the patients had the option to be prayed for before they left.

Patiently waiting....

Patiently waiting….

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This was a wonderful opportunity for people to get medical, dental or optical treatment that they would otherwise not get. It was a good day with a lovely community atmosphere.

See the nurse first

See the nurse first..

..and then the Doctor

..and then the Doctor

 ... honest, there is nothing to be afraid of.

… honest, there is nothing to be afraid of.

The dentist is waiting for you...

The dentist is waiting for you…

Gotcha!

Gotcha!

Sorry eye can see you've been waiting a long time.
Sorry eye can see you’ve been waiting a long time.

Haircut time

Haircut time  DSCN3410DSCN3414

There is prayer for all if they wish..
There is prayer for all if they wish..

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I’m Still Standing….Just

Monday started well enough as after language lessons we had some visitors from World Vision in Holland who were staying with MTI for five days. In the morning we showed them around one of the slum areas that we work in and introduced them to some of the people we help. We then took them to lunch at a place called Daughters of Cambodia which offers jobs, security, and hope for the future to girls who want to get out of the sex trafficking trade. It is a restaurant where the girls are taught culinary and waiting skills and they also have a workshop where the girls can learn to sew and make bags, clothes and other items and are given other opportunities to better their lives and forget the past and move on in life( http://daughtersofcambodia.org/ ).

After lunch we then went back to the office and into another slum area where MTI had helped build a house for a lady recently. I went to bed that evening feeling fine but woke up  soon after shivering and with a temperature. I slept most of the following day and went to see a Doctor that afternoon who after much prodding and poking and taking blood told me that I had an infection from parasites caused by a scratch on my ankle that had not healed from playing football. They patched this up and I was pleased that it was not malaria as was first mentioned.The following day my other foot had swollen up quite badly and they attended this also giving me more tablets to take.While laying on the bed I saw a pair of obsolete crutches standing in the corner and asked if I could use them as both feet were now bandaged.It was not to be,as the Doctor looked at me and said..”waste..of..money”. In other words-Man Up! I payed my bill which was about $100 (£60) in total and is covered by insurance and was leaving when the nurse gave me a roll of tape for the bandages.”For free” she said and smiled. Thanks I said but I would of rather had the crutches…DSCN2479