Who We Are
Project Lokun is a biannual medical humanitarian project that serves villagers in Pursat Province, Cambodia. We were founded in 2006 by a group of students from the National University of Singapore, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. Those students sought to reconnect Cambodian villagers back to their nation’s healthcare system and improve their health-seeking behaviour.
Today, Project Lokun is still managed by students from NUS, but we now work in collaboration with medical and pharmacy students from the University of Puthisastra (UP) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Twice a year, our Singaporean team comprising 22 medical students flies over to Cambodia along with several accompanying doctors. There, we meet up with our Cambodian wing as well as a group of volunteers they recruit from their university. Together, we set off to Pursat province, where the villages we serve are located.
What We Do
Our long-term goal is to improve the health of the villagers in Pursat province. To that end, we carry out 3 activities in each of our service trips:
- Health Needs Assessment: We survey as many villagers as we can on their health knowledge, attitudes and behaviours. This helps us to better understand the needs of each village, to plan our initiatives accordingly and to monitor their effects from trip to trip. This is managed by the Health Needs Assessment Department.
- Clinics (Acute Care): With the help of volunteer doctors who travel with us to Cambodia, we provide clinics services for a day at each of the four villages we serve. We publicise the clinics while going door to door to survey villagers, and on the day itself, we provide free consultations and medication to them. We refer more serious cases to local health facilities. This is managed by the Clinics Committee.
- Education (Sustainability): We carry out education for adults and children respectively in each village we visit. Primary school education is conducted in the respective schools, and we host our adult education sessions in various locations with the help of our partner NGOs. Our Education Committee plans the curriculum and manages these sessions, and our Cambodian volunteers from the University of Puthisastra help us to conduct the sessions in Khmer.