Kampong Cham & Lily’s Village

I met up with the Team and the end of the day on Tuesday having missed a couple of days of their work in the villages, but unfortunately the clock cannot be turned back so lets move on.

Kampong Cham, a sleepy river-crossing town renowned for its bamboo bridge built each year when the Mekong is low to give access to the Island where tobacco is grown.

The Bamboo Bridge. Kampong Cham

Lily is the Khmer lady whose travel agency made all the arrangements for transport and accommodation for the team, she was born the this area and the team was to visit her village the next day (for a second time).

A village house

Lily’s village is about 40Km from Kampong Cham on the road back to Phnom Penh, but maybe 5Km of the road way out in the countryside. The team found themselves with much work to be done and led by Dr. Rich (Viper as named by the team) they went on to produce the goods.

Viper and Hotlips. Mother and Son. Aida and Rich. Team Leader and Teams Trauma Nurse

Many Kids waiting to be seen, being kept occupied by a Volunteer

Many children needed to be treated and had turned up to see the dentist. There is little or no provision in rural areas for proper dentistry as was seen in the children treated by KIDS team. Many extractions were needed and a number of severe infections identified and treated accordingly. The team is also seen as a provider of other services, first aid etc, as Khmer generally have little knowledge of self-care in these circumstances.

An untreated laceration to the toe presented to the DENTIST

Fortunately a trauma nurse in the form of AIDA was available to give advice and simple treatments. Nice one HOTLIPS

Aida giving advice and treatment to one of the injury presentations

This amazing lack of basic knowledge is not unfamiliar to me, I was a registered Nurse of 30+ years, as I give advice to locals in Phnom Penh all the time on things that a child would know in the west.

Registrations continue. Lily books them in

Everyone was working so hard but they still had time to smile.

Charlies (Bobs) Angels

Steve (Hawkeye) and his good Lady ROBIN

Steve also known as HAWKEYE, is Bobs friend from Dental School over 40 years ago and they have not seen each other since graduation, although they did keep in touch. Steve was practicing in Sydney, Australia and Bob invited him to come on the mission. What an asset and I’m sure the student learned a lot from his experience. Thanks for coming STEVE !!

Steve also brought along one of the teams MASCOTS, Skippy called Kevin all the way from AUS’ to keep STORM company…

Skippy called Kevin from AUSTRALIA, one of KIDS mascots

and STORM, how the kids loved him..

STORM with GERRARD and the kids

Kids after treatment

Waiting in the shade

Taking a break and having fun with the KIDS

Raj making things better

Happy despite the trauma of a visit to the dentists

Gerrard waiting for another kid to FLUORIDE

Mothers wait patient for their children to be seen

Sad little face but smiling again later

Hard at work

Magik, toes crossed

Do a Photo Course and help the Children at KIDS

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