ANGKOR HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN
Ever been to Cambodia? I have. It's a country full of amazing people, but it's a poor country. Today I feature a special hospital in Siem Reap that is for kids.
The work of Angkor Hospital For Children (AHC) is immense. Since 1999, the paediatric teaching hospital -- Cambodia’s first -- has provided more than one million medical treatments, education to thousands of Cambodian health workers and prevention training to thousands of families. A non-profit, the hospital relies entirely on donations.
With sobering statistics like 1 in 77 children in Cambodian children dying before their fifth birthday, the essential work AHC carries out is no easy task. AHC offers inpatient and outpatient care, surgical services (including heart surgery), 24-hour ER, intensive care treatment and antiretroviral HIV therapy. With an eye clinic, neonatal unit, physiotherapy and even a social work department (a very rare thing in Cambodia), the scope of the hospital’s services is very broad, yet with a clear focus on quality.
The hospital is located in the centre of Siem Reap with a Visitor Centre for those in town with an interest in learning more about their life-saving work and how they can help. However, the hospital’s work is not confined to Siem Reap and those that have made the journey here. AHC also runs a Satellite Clinic 35 kilometres outside of Siem Reap, in partnership with the government hospital, to try to enable the most impoverished and more rural dwellers access to basic healthcare provisions.
AHC also runs programmes in schools, local communities and regional health centres to help strengthen the existing health care provision, and in clear recognition that education helps with prevention.
Basic public healthcare provision doesn’t yet go far enough in Cambodia; AHC’s work is vital and heavily relied upon by many Cambodians. How to help? Donate online. If you’re in Siem Reap, donate blood at the hospital. Raise money via sponsorship – you can even do so in Siem Rep by getting sponsored for the annual Angkor Wat Half-Marathon.
Clancy's comment: Anything that helps kids in any country is a great idea. Kids are our greatest resource. See what you can do.
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