Providing healthcare to urban slum area residents
Empowering Youth in Cambodia (EYC) provides weekly medical clinics in their four schools, as well as dental care and health education. The program has been a tremendous success and the results from 2014 are substantial; 3,200 patient-doctor visits (medical checks are open to the community), 320 student-visits to the dentist, 130 women and 1 man provided access to family planning. Further, EYC staff and partners follow up with patients as needed to ensure their health needs are addressed, particularly with their students.
She would like to say “thanks to EYC donors to help with the payment and for bringing me to fix my teeth. My life is much better now.” The combination of poor hygiene and diet (low nutrition levels + plenty of sugary foods) have created a dental crisis for many young people in urban poor areas of Cambodia.
A very appreciative beneficiary is Khon Sophat, a 28 year old former factory worker who is currently a mother of four. Her husband is a motor taxi driver and they rent a small rent house for $10 per month. Their children are ages 6, 4, 2 and 4 months. EYC’s social worker Koun Lyna was referred to her and after providing education to her on her birth control options, brought her to see the doctor at Maries Stopes clinic where she got an IUD. Lyna said “she is very happy to get an IUD. It’s really helpful to her and her family as she now has time to look after the family and the expenses of four young children also.” Lyna is an ongoing resource if needed.