Promoting health education and empowering the community
Access to healthcare is a basic human right, yet limited knowledge of health, nutrition and diet in conjunction with lack of facilities, roads and transport mean that the people of Pailin Province, Cambodia, are denied this entitlement. Villagers frequently experience acute cases of dengue fever, malaria, malnutrition, infected wounds and abdominal parasites but do not have the means to seek assistance.
The Marist Brothers and lay Marists have established a first-aid clinic and sick-bay at the Catholic Church Pastoral Centre, alongside the Marist Education Centre. The project also entails three outreaches per week to rural villages in Pailin Province that don’t have any medical services in the village. People are provided medical screening, are prescribed basic medication and given referrals to hospitals if required. It is hoped that by the end of the second year local Cambodians will have been trained to take over the project.
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Photo: Conor Ashleigh