Medical missions are held annually and they successfully expand medical outreach in rural communities in Cambodia. The Rural Health Promotion Program also promotes the participation of international student volunteers from schools to experience another country and help with programs. The Emergency Aid Program is convenient and favorable in local communities because it provides numerous facilities. These programs intend to expand medical access to rural areas, improve quality of health services, and raise awareness on health education.
At least 2 medical missions to Cambodia are held every year, during the spring and autumn. The missions aim to provide various dental treatments, other diagnoses and treatments all free of cost. These treatments are expensive and unaffordable for majority of the Cambodian population, which makes them heavily dependent on the medical services.
Since 2015, our partnership with Mackay Memorial Hospital has allowed us to expand our free medical services to Prey Veng Province in Cambodia. This consists of specialists in Gastroenterology, Obstetrics & Gynecology, and Thoracic medicine, Cardiology, Dermatology and Pediatrics which creates diverse medical benefits for people in Cambodia.
In the spring of 2018, there were more than 120 physicians and volunteers that participated in the medical mission. The number of patients treated was 2,407. In addition to this, 3,000 kg of second hand articles (stationery, clothes, toys) were also collected in Taiwan and distributed to the local community in Cambodia. A total of 10,000 kg of rice was distributed to the underprivileged households.
History of Medical Missions
We encourage students to visit Cambodia to implement local and feasible projects for the vulnerable people in remote areas of the country. This gives the students an opportunity to grasp the nature of volunteer projects and allow them to broaden their horizons. They will also offer assistance in student camps, health education, and house repair and art programs in order to comply with local needs.
International Medical Program
FBHO’s International Medical Project began in 2010. The first case was a young Cambodian girl named Reachany, who was invited by Taiwan’s Presidential Secretariat. She was given a Medical Visa for Treatment purposes. In Taiwan, she received treatment for Klippel-Trenaunay Syndrome (KTS) in Taichung Veterans General Hospital. At the time of her diagnosis, Reachany was only 2 and a half years old. Currently, she is 9-years-old and speaks Chinese fluently and serves as a translator on the Medical Missions.
In 2016, FBHO helped a young boy, named Hiev May Hong, suffering from heart disease. He lived in Prey Veng Province when he was discovered by the FBHO. Hiev May Hong received treatment in Taipei Mackay Memorial Hospital. In December 2018, another boy suffering from Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD) was also enlisted in the medical treatment program. Hang Tola was also treated in Mackay Memorial Hospital for Atrial Septal Defect (ASD).
Many cases like these ones were possible with the support and assistance of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Ho Chi Minh City.
The Emergency Aid Program has provided families with medical resources from 2012 to 2018. This included funeral subsidies, payment of loans belonging to poor families, bicycle provision, meal replenishment and medical assistance. Among these, medical assistance is ranked the most important. Poor households that are unable to afford these treatments are forced to wait them out and delay the treatment of their illnesses. This often worsens health conditions and in some cases leads to death. FBHO subsidizes the transportation, medical and meal expenses for these poor families at the city hospitals.
International Health Check Program
FBHO has been cultivating relations in Cambodia for a nearly a decade. FBHO’s many projects and clinic services have given Cambodia’s rural communities a gateway to high quality medical care.
Taiwan’s Medical Profession quality is widely recognized and praised by the local government. During the first round of Taiwan Health Inspection, CEO Sally Yu invited the Deputy Minister and his wife along with the editor-in-chief of the Cambodian Times and his family. A total of 5 members participated in the launch of the FBHO Health Inspection. Taipei Mackay Memorial Hospital aided this launch by providing a series of health check-up projects and they were commended for their high-quality medical service.
FBHO aspires to expand their reach in Cambodia and provide more families with Taiwan’s medical resources.