HBB-MAMANEH Trip to Cambodia Report
Date: 9th December – 12th December 2016
The trip was organized as part of the collaboration between HBB (www.hbb.org.my) and MAMANEH with the main objective of providing expertise input into the development of the HBB Phnom Penh clinic in Cambodia.
MAMANEH team was represented by our current president, Prof Dr Harlina Siraj and Dr Akmal Zulayla Mohd Zahid. Other people in the group included doctors from Pediatric, Primary Care and Anaesthetist.
HBB Phnom Penh Clinic
The clinic was established since 2015 to serve more than 3000 Cham community members around Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Chams represents only 1.6% of the Cambodian population. However, nearly 90% of them are poor and have difficulties getting access to quality health care due to financial and logistics barrier.
The clinic itself was set in the middle of the area populated by majority of the Cham community and offers maternal, child and general outpatient healthcare services.
The main clinic structure used three industrial containers which was turned into two consultation rooms, a procedure/minor surgery room, an observation room, a meeting room, a doctor’s on-call room, a pharmacy and a reception office.
We met approximately 20 patients for consultation and ultrasound scan. We also distributed Mom & Baby packs generously donated by PPUKM Nursing department. The clinic was staffed by local doctors and nurses who were employed by the HBB.
Next to the clinic was a newly built building housing the delivery room, operating theatre and a 4-bedded ward. We took the opportunity to discuss the setting up of the maternity operating theatre and its operational.
Food Distribution in Village of Kampot
We spent one day travelling to a village in Kampot, which was about 3 hours drive from Phnom Penh. In the village we went house to house delivering food package for the needy, majority of who were little old ladies who lived on their own. Approximately 20 food packages were delivered. We were received kindly and enjoyed great hospitality from the villagers.
Other places we visited
- Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
It is located in Phnom Penh and was a former prison an interrogation center for the Khmer Rough regime. The site was a former high school turned into the notorious Security prison 21 (S-21)
- Choeung Ek Genocidal Center
It is also known as the killing field of Choeung Ek. Located about 17 kilometers south of Phnom Penh. More than 17,000 victims of the Khmer Rouge regime were killed between 1975-1978 and buried in mass grave here