The goal of the Chenla Children's Healthcare is to deliver holistic care and clinical outreach to surrounding communities by providing patient services to children in need, improving the infrastructure and health systems of the province, and improve health worker education in eastern Cambodia. Chenla works alongside the local government, and operates as part of the provincial hospital rather than as a parallel structure, thus ensuring long-term sustainability.
The Chenla Children's Healthcare is a paediatric hospital located inside of Kratie Provincial Hospital, a government-run facility in eastern Cambodia. Almost all of the staff are Cambodians who provide both inpatient and outpatient services including a Neonatal and Paediatric ICU. The staff also coordinate medical outreach activities to the eastern (and poorest) part of Cambodia.
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Since 2017, doctors from the Departments of Paediatric Medicine and Neonatology of the Khoo Teck Puat - National University Children’s Medical Institute (NUHKids) have been going to Chenla Children’s Healthcare to partner with local doctors and provide care for the children of Kratie province. The Chenla Children’s Healthcare has just rebuilt a paediatric centre in rural Kratie which carries the largest paediatric healthcare challenges in Cambodia.
Dr William Housworth, who leads the efforts at the centre, had previously worked with the NUH Department of Neonatology to implement the Neonatology Service. With the success of previous collaborations, NUH has been asked to take an active role in similar capacity building and service provision to the very young paediatric centre.
Professor Roy Joseph, one of NUHKids’ most senior doctors, was one of the first NUH doctors to visit Chenla, braving the six-hour car ride on dirt roads to arrive in Kratie. NUHKids volunteers held a weekend workshop for doctors, nurses and healthcare assistants from the province and surrounding villages. The neonatal needs are great as the hospital sees approximately 60 neonatal admissions in a month. This remains an area for large potential influence. According to published statistics, 1 in 24 children in eastern Cambodia die before their 5th birthday, mostly from preventable to treatable causes.
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Since the trips to Chenla have been regular, the friendships forged have grown over the years, which further reinforces the strength and length of our impact. We hope to continue to support the children in
Chenla through our regular visits and continue to help provide patient services to children in need.
Your generous support for the mission will go a long way to make a difference to Chenla Children’s Healthcare.
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The Paediatricians’ and residents’ activities in Cambodia comprise largely of on-the-job learning opportunities, working alongside the local doctors and allied health providers in their daily ward rounds or clinic work. The “apprenticeship” model of training also includes ‘classroom’ sessions, with local doctors directing the emphasis of their learning. Occasionally, by providing an “outside looking in” view, we are able to discuss how differences in practice and/or systems may contribute to outcomes.
The benefits have been bidirectional. Our doctors gained exposure to a larger number of patients with later presentations, especially in infectious or febrile illnesses, premature birth and/or accidents/poisonings. Our volunteers also learn from the tenacity and resourcefulness of patients, their families, and the local staff.