IMR Cambodia saw more than 850 patients this week including more than 100 in a clinic that included about 90 square feet of actual inside space in a lovely library. The street worked just fine for a “pop-up” clinic in a community in great need!
“May no gift be too small to give, nor too simple to receive, which is wrapped in thoughtfulness and tied with love.” – L.O. Baird.
In a community where medicine is not easily accessible, medical volunteers play important roles in providing not only medical treatment to patients, but also self-empowerment to take control of their own health. In the past week, I had the privilege to serve the people of Cambodia with many excellent healthcare professionals from various backgrounds. During this experience, I did not only acquire new knowledge about medicine in a different culture, but also an understanding to better serve the patients in underserved communities (which has always been my interest).
Thank you to all the translators who unceasingly supported us with patience and joy throughout this mission. To our providers, Donna, Dr. Ni-ni, and Dr. Lapman, thank you for imparting your knowledge to us. One can hope to be as excellent of a provider as you all are. To other fellow volunteers: nurses, EMTs, students, Amy, and many more – thank you! As someone who grew up in an underserved community, this does not only make me feel very thankful, but also hopeful that many other medical professionals will dedicate some of their time in volunteering and providing care to underserved communities. – Copper, Team Cambodia