Cambodia is a charming Asian country with beautiful landscapes, traditions, and friendly people. Yet, it endured a painful past from the Khmer Rouge. Cambodia is now in its third decade of peace and economic growth. It has made great strides in reducing poverty and health improvement. Despite these gains, significant obstacles remain. Democracy and human rights continue to be a challenge, natural resources have been rapidly depleted through illegal logging and poaching, inadequate nutrition has stunted over 30 percent of children, and human trafficking still persists.
Cambodian citizens are responsible for a large share of their healthcare expenses. While healthcare in large city is adequate, healthcare services are minimal to nonexistence in the rural villages. Traveling to the cities from rural villages to receive treatment is cost prohibiting. Many of them have not received checkups or medical treatments for many years.
Since 2018, Phoenix International Foundation, in partnership with Save Elephant Foundation, leads a medical outreach in a remote village of Oddar Meanchey province. PIF provides medical examination and medical treatment to a variety of illnesses. In 2019, Phoenix International Foundation and the Province of Oddar Meanchey entered into a memorandum of understanding to cooperate in the medical outreach effort in the villages.
In 2019, we gained additional partnership with the Methodist Church of Cambodia and expended our medical outreach popup clinic to include villages in the Siem Reap province.
Our future goal is to partner with Cambodian Medical Schools to improves local participation, and to improves medical knowledge exchange.