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2014 Mission trip to Kratie Province report by Thida Yang

2 December, 2014

The 2014 trip to Kratie was a success, far exceeded our expectations. In a nutshell, these were what we achieved:

  1. Cambodia Vision treated 2,916 men, women and children from 17 provinces (irrespective of their religious and political backgrounds)
  2. Operated on 433 cases of cataract (including 2 patients with HIV positive and one active malaria sufferer being treated at the hospital)
  3. Provided 247 specially cut glasses
  4. Provided 1,703 reading glasses
  5. Provided over 2,000 sunglasses
  6. Provided 250 hearing aids
  7. Gave away boxes of children’s toys
  8. Donated 20 hospital beds to Kratie and Sihanouk Hospital Centre of Hope
  9. Provided training to 28 medical students from Phnom Penh and Kratie
  10. Installed and donated 9 air conditioning units to Kratie Referral Hospital
  11. Upgraded electrical work at the Kratie Referral Hospital to cope with our equipment and air conditioners
  12. Donated general medication to Kratie Referral Hospital
  13. Gave away almost 3 pallets of vitamins and supplements to patients (no one left the hospital empty handed)
  14. Our team helped treat 4 non-eye related cases:
  • A 115 kg lady who had a C-section to her 5th child (the baby was 6kg) and was in a lot of pain after the anaesthetic worn out
  • A 7-year old girl who fell from a mango tree and her brother fell on top of her and as result had her spleen ruptured. She was opened up twice and was not responding to the treatment given by local doctors
  • A middle-aged gentlemen who suffered severely infected boil on his face
  • We also bought 2 bags of blood to a lady who suffered from major thalassemia (sadly she was not aware of it).

Blood transfusion was also administered to an 81-year old who was abandoned by her four children and lived and begging on the streets (severe malnutrition) prior to providing a cataract procedure.
It was a happy ending to all these cases; they were all well and happy when we left the hospital. Thanks to our skilled medical staff and extra resources we had to be able to assist.
It was a good closure for us when on our second last day we had a 100-year lady walk in to the hospital with her daughter (the registration was closed at this stage of course). She was on a hunger strike the day before as her daughter could not bring her to the hospital for treatment. To make matters worse, when they finally got to the hospital they were told the registration was closed. She was devastated to say the least but a joy it was when we decided to make one more exception and the outcome of the operation was better what we anticipated. She brought tears to our eyes when the eye patch was off.
All these do not come without costs.
Many volunteers gave more than just their time, expertise and funding their own expenses. Many volunteers helped pay for travel expenses to patients just so they can have their eye treated because they could not travel to the hospital to excess our service. Many volunteers gave their own fund to patients (both eye and non-eye related), children and those who lend a hand.
Many volunteers were affected by what they saw. They were exhausted physically and mentally and became ill as a result of working long hours in the heat, humidity and perhaps not used to the local food, putting our own health at risk to save others. Somewere hospitalised in Phnom Penh and in Australia.
All these sacrifices don’t go unnoticed. The patients and their families appreciated their effort. In fact I received an email advising that people of Kratie and around the country are still talking about our “kindness and sacrifices”. Cambodia Vision team was referred to as the “living gods”. This I hope is the kind reward that will energise and bring back to help the people of Cambodia.
I received very positive feedback from the patients, their families, hospital staff, media, local sponsors and Government representatives. The team was praised for its professionalism, skill, care, diligence, politeness, kindness and hard work.
We attracted the attention of many major national media coverage both TV and Radio including Radio Free Asia, CTN, Hang Meas, DAP News and Bayon. Social media went wild updating each day’s events as they unfolded.
On behalf of the people of Cambodia and the Cambodia Vision team, I thank you wholeheartedly for the sacrifices the volunteers made. They left their loving family behind, foregone holidays, their fund and skill to help the people of Cambodia. Lives were changed. They spread love and kindness. They taught them to help others, the true meaning of human existence.
May I take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank the Melbourne community especially Richard Lim, Than Thong and Hong Lim MP, for organising an incredibly successful fundraising function on the 31st of October in our absence, and raised approx. $40,000. What a fantastic effort that was. Thank you also to Anthony Lee and Julian Tsui from the Chinese Radio 2CR for also raising over $20,000.Such fantastic effort. We need everyone’s continued support to be able to carry out our work and give the Gift of Sight to as many people as we can.
Thank you to ALL our major sponsors and donors in Victoria, NSW, WA and QLD for without their support, this work could not be carried out. I thank all those individuals and agencies who helped promoted the service prior to the trip.
Again thank you. Your sacrifices, dedication and contribution are highly appreciated:)
I attach a few of photos here as example and please visit our Face Book page at cambodiavisioninc to see more photos.
Best regards
Thida Yang

2013 Trip to Kampong Speu Hospital

2 May, 2013

Cambodia Vision’s experienced Surgeons, General Practitioners, Anaesthetists, Pharmacists, Optometrists and Nurses from Australia will be coming to Kampong Speu Referral Hospital again between 20 and 25 October 2013. In 2012, Cambodia Vision
– Assessed 2,800 patients from 18 provinces
– Provided free cataract treatment to 371 patients
– Distributed 1,500 pairs of reading glasses
– Distributed 3,000 pairs of sunglasses
– Distributed 200 T-Shirts
– Distributed 1,000 hearing aids to adults and children and local hospitals and
– Visited 126 HIV/Aids orphans in Preah Kethmealea Hospital and distributed toys and food.
Services provided to eligible patients in 2013 include:
1. Free eye assessments
2. Free cataract treatment
3. Free 1,500 pairs of reading glasses
4. Free 4,000 pairs of sunglasses
5. Free 1,500 hearing aids for both adults and children and
6. Free laser treatment to patients who previously had cataract surgery.
Cataract patients who receive treatment will receive:
1. Free antibiotic eye drops;
2. Free anti-inflammatory eye drops;
3. Free 100 pain tablets;
4. Facial tissues;
5. Eye shield;
6. A pair of sunglasses; and
7. 20,000 Riel to return home after surgery.
Please note: these are only provided for cataract patients receiving treatment. Patients and their carers will also be provided with two free meals a day and accommodation at the hospital while waiting to be treated. Places and supplies are limited, please register early by calling Dr Kak Vathnak at Kampong Speu Referral Hospital on 012 724 309.
It will be a first in first serve basis. Media Contact: Thida Yang