TAG | Medical

Nov/18

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Girl Talk

In Cambodia, as is custom most girls would not feel comfortable and confident talking about feminine health. This is the reason which compels them to choose to be silent. It seems better than talking or learning about this, in case they will be embarrassed and ashamed and criticized for sharing or asking about their concerns and about any risks they are facing.

Serve Cambodia’s program called “Girl Talk” is created to help young girls. It is targeted towards girls who are around the age of 12 up to be involved in knowing about their health care. It may be that they start adolescent behavior. They are at an age where they feel like they cannot talk about what is happening to their body. In this class, we discuss the use of sanitary products, as well as sexually transmitted disease and what is to be expected during puberty in a safe environment.

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Because turning to this age their bodies are changing; their moods may be unpredictable and sometimes hard to explain. These changes are normal. This Girl Talk is designed to help our teenage girls at Serve Cambodia’s three education centers to understand the common physical and emotional changes they are going through and to deal responsibly with new personal and social situations they may encounter.

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And also for us, as adults to seek an opportunity to be close with them and be able to share the love of Jesus as well because Jesus was not ashamed to heal the woman who bled for many years. He knew it was not her fault and it was not a sin. It is something that happens to every girl and every woman. It is the way a girl becomes a woman and it is the way for her to be able to do what God thinks is very special – it makes her so she can have children and the bleeding is just a way of the body preparing for this. The blood is not bad nor a reason to feel shame. It is just the body cleaning itself from the inside. The blood is no worse than is sweat or our need to go to the toilet. IT IS NATURAL AND GOOD AND HEALTHY. And also to value their body for a marriage.

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However we have taught them about body change for the puberty, the body changes its shape. Girls start to get breasts and for the hips to become a bit bigger. This is also to help a girl become a woman. It is more natural for the baby to want to suck the mother’s breast instead of a bottle and it is healthier for the mother and the baby. This is something that will be taught when they are pregnant – not now.

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They are also taught about noticing the changes in their body each month, managing their healthy diet, and developing helpful sanitary practices that will prevent any diseases or discomfort from developing. Many of the girls have never heard about these things from their family before, and are always very excited to learn more and to ask many questions in a safe and supportive environment without shame or embarrassment.

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We hope through this class girls could be able to know more about their health, and protecting their reproduction as well. Hopefully, they will be able to teach others and aware that this is necessary to learn. They will also be able to pass on this information to the next generation when they have their own children.

by Nineaka “Nika” Sim (Serve Cambodia’s School Nurse)

 

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In order to help people in the remote and poor areas is what Serve Cambodia have tried our best and seek for many ways to assist people both children and adults in the health sector and other as well as giving education. Most Cambodians who are living in slum or dump areas and remote villages are getting hard to learn about healthcare education. Understanding of prevention often can be hard for them to take time to learn beside spending their whole daily life for picking up rubbishes, etc. to earn a tiny income.

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Recently, the Medical Outreach project of Serve Cambodia has collaborated with Medical Mission Direct to provide a short clinic service in purpose to see they have a better health. Moreover, we do the short training during clinic service as relevant hypertension, diabetes, skin care, acknowledge taking medication correctly. Surely, they will be hardly alleviated if they don’t understand the prevention. We examined their blood pressure, blood sugar and advise them to take bath properly, regularly and hygiene living which could help them to evade any diseases.

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Furthermore, for the people in Bakou village (it is called dump area because it is located at a rubbish dump) are getting many skin infections and allergies.  Likewise, they are working daily in the whole day with rubbishes for their livelihood so most of them get a skin infection, dry skin, rash, itching, and allergy. Despite their toil, they do not even have sufficient time or money for their health or medication. We cleaned and put some cream or gave some basic medications and bandage the wound for the children as well. Another key thing to remember is that the people do not have time for exercise outside of their work all day which effects to their muscle and causes physical problems such as get pain or hard to move for some parts of their bodies. Consequently, we taught them some physical exercise instructions which is a helpful and short time in just 5 minutes so they can do every day.

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As we had a short time for each place we spent half a day for the community around TLC centre, half a day for the community around HOH centre plus one full day for Bakou village. There are 49 children and 37 adults got this medical checkup during that time.

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Above all, we are so exhilarated to give this service to such needy people and get to know their situation. We believe that we still can further opportunities to help these people in further cooperation. Thank you so much to Mission Direct for their help, and also to the other people who donate money for Serve Cambodia’s medical outreach work in our community. Without your help we would be unable to do these things.

by Nineaka Sim (Serve Cambodia’s School Nurse)

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Dec/17

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Healthcare Training for the Needy

In Serve Cambodia’s Medical Outreach project, we pay close attention to all children in our centers and our communities as well. We have a number of strategies for providing support.

Most Cambodians in remote villages in the province or on the outskirts of the city have difficulty obtaining or getting healthcare education. Their financial circumstance compel them to focus on earning an income rather than taking time to absorb healthcare education. However hard people work, when someone in their family gets sick their money quickly disappears because of the cost of medical care. We are trying to educate people to realize that prevention is better than treatment.

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We provide all the children and community with basic healthcare training, a dental care checkup twice a year, and BMI screening for the children every trimester. (BMI is a ratio of a person’s height and weight and while it does not specifically measure body fat but can be an indicator of body fatness). Every student needs some body fat but having too much body fat can put them at risk of health problems such as high blood pressure and diabetes. Having too little body fat is also unhealthy. Thus, every trimester all students have their BMI measured to ensure that their health is cared for and those with diet issues are given support and advice.

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Thus we are working on how we can fix this problem by providing basic healthcare training for both children and community.

Another important strand of our work is to work on basic hygiene. Hygiene is a term for various practices that help preserve a person’s well-being and health through acts of cleanliness. In short, proper hygiene is important for children in order to keep them healthy. To practice preserving one’s health through acts of cleanliness is very important for children. By brushing their teeth, washing their hands, and cutting their fingernails, children help preserve their health and that of others around them. All the children in Serve Cambodia’s three centers are taught how to brush their teeth properly, to eat a balanced diet and how to recover from the flu or common cold. This also lets them know the consequences of poor hygiene and what constitutes good personal hygiene.

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Additionally the community are invited to join training on healthcare knowledge every trimester in order for them to know how to protect themselves and their families. We have provided them some training in; first aid, hypertension, diabetes, dehydration and updated them on any current health issues. The community are also made aware that drinking plenty of water can treat some sickness without the use of medicine and they are also shown how to help people in an emergency. Feedback from the community is very positive and we found it encouraging to see how the community is sharing their knowledge with their family and community.

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We see it as important that the community not only obtain medical care but also get education at the same time.

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However, we are constantly looking for the next opportunity to help our community to improve its health care and for us to show Jesus’ love through our work.

By Nineaka Sim (Serve Cambodia’s School Nurse)

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In Cambodia, most families are living in poverty and illiterate, thus they are liable to be suffered many problems that they are encountering and moreover, some parents don’t pay enough attention about healthcare and various prevention to their families, significantly their children. Additionally, Healthcare is a fundamental building block in the fight against world poverty. Likewise in Cambodia, the lack of healthcare prevention is one the main factors contributing poverty and blocking the efforts of the Cambodia Royal Government in developing and fostering its national economy. The cost of treating diseases is huge and it also takes adults away from their daily work and give children to miss their classes.

Serve Cambodia has been involving with helping Cambodian people to achieve their prospective goals through providing the education system which includes educational classes, nutrient food and healthcare provision. So far, one of our newly commenced projects called Medical Outreach Project has assisted as a health coordinator in our communities ( Happy Village 1 and 2) and education centres by providing healthcare training to help them to be aware of prevention and avoidance from sickness and disease, and giving some basic medication.

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Due to lack of healthcare education, most parents do not care enough about of their children’s eating, thus most children’s teeth are severely damaged and decayed. Through the medical outreach project, we care about them and we had looked for outer connection with other NGOs which provides free dental care for children. 37 children who had severely damaged teeth were recently brought for Dental Care NGO to checkup.
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Recently, we also provided further training through our education centres with the topic “How to brush your teeth properly”. There were 139 students participating. We choose this topic because we want to let children know that teeth are very important to mechanically break down items of food by cutting and chewing them in preparation for swallowing and digesting. In addition, we also advise them to eat healthy food and avoid eating too much sugary food because all these food can impair their teeth quickly. And we guide them to choose good quality item to brush their teeth as well. If they had unhealthy teeth, they may become sick and miss their classes.

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Through this we discover that most children can know exactly how to practice regularly to build this good habit and make sure that their teeth are maintain properly. However we still continue dental check ups for other children in the next trimester to ensure that all students are paid attention. And we try our best to continue the healthcare education for them as often as possible, on this topic and many more.

by Nineaka Sim (Serve Cambodia community health nurse)

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