Sy Oang, DO
Sy Oang, DO
Internal Medicine · Whittier, CA

Cambodia Medical Mission 11: Banteay Meanchey 2023

January 25th
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Project Description

Cambodian Health Professional Association of America going to rural provinces of Cambodia to treat poor peasants who have no access to medical, dental and surgical care.

Population Served

During the course of one week medical mission we serve more than 5500 to 6000 patients providing them with basic medical care for blood pressure, diabetes, osteoarthritis, gouty arthritis, symptomatic hyperthyroidism / hypothyroidism

Expected Impact

I did live and survive the Cambodia Khmer rouge dark years as a young tennager and as I returned to Cambodia as a mission doctor, I saw life in the rural village has not changed much for over 40 years. These very poor peasants lack the basic health care needs. CHPAA will provide basic medical, dental, surgical care along with distributing medication for uncontrolled bp, diabetes, symptomatic hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism.

Trip Photos & Recap

The Cambodian Health Professional Association of America (CHPAA) mission 11 at Banteay Meanchey started on January 30 to February 4, 2023. It was a successful medical mission with about 5637 patients were treated by the CHPAA volunteers. Most of the patients were elderly, young farmers, and remote villagers who do not have access to proper medical care because of poor economic status. These patients would travel afar from different districts and provinces, and they would wait in line for 8 to 12 hours in hope to see the doctor to address their medical needs. We encountered numerous tragic life stories and medical problems that we were not equipped to help them. The primary care provider would see an average of 60-80 patents per day providing medical counseling, advice and education on preventive care and basic health hygiene. Although, we could not help them with what we had, they expressed appreciation for what little we gave them. Despite having to work so many hours with the heat, sweat, and mental stress, it gave me great pleasure and rewarding experience that we had made the difference in their lives and gave some with hope of life saving surgery otherwise was impossible. Because of the gesture of appreciation, and the smile from the Cambodian patients, it gave us gratification and desire to return for the CHPAA medical mission year after year.