Knowing the ground
Health Needs Assessment & Mapping
For L23, our main goal was to refine our Health Needs Assessments (HNA), which are door-to-door surveys which collects quantitative data from the villagers which we serve. During this trip, we managed to lay the groundwork for future trips by creating a questionnaire targeted for baseline assessment and subsequent monitoring. As such, this set of questions will be used for all future trips to ensure proper tracking of trends over time.
Beyond monitoring the general health status in each village over time, this questionnaire will contribute to the entrance criteria for a new target village as well as the exit criteria for an existing target village. By making the HNA more succinct and concise, the Development Committee was also able to significantly increase the number of responses collected. This allowed Lokun to capture more representative data.
While conducting the door-to-door HNAs and conducting opportunistic education (as written about in the Education section of this report), we were able to continue mapping the villages we serve, allowing us to navigate more efficiently. We managed to explore and map new areas of villages, possibly expanding the outreach of our project.
Reconnecting to local healthcare
During every trip, we encounter patients with conditions that exceed the capacity of our clinics to treat. In L23, we referred such patients to the local healthcare institutions, including public facilities like Sampov Meas Referral Hospital and private clinics such as Mao Phirom Clinic. While referrals serve to alleviate the financial burden of villagers’ heavy healthcare costs, an important aim of referrals is to enhance the villagers’ health-seeking behaviour by improving their awareness of the locations and reliability of their local healthcare system.
This trip, we have continued to establish better working relationships with our clinic partners, and from them, got to better understand some diseases which are more commonly encountered in Pursat province. Moving forward, the Development Committee will continue to use referrals as an avenue to not only improve the health and health-seeking behaviour of the villagers, but also as a means to continue to streamline our project to cater to their unique health needs.
Partnership with NGOs
In L23, the Development committee managed to contact and meet Sustainable Cambodia (SC) at their main office in Pursat. This meeting was very productive, allowing us to lay grounds for a formal relationship with Sustainable Cambodia so as to provide us further insight into the health status and issues in the Pursat region. We also met the Disability Development Services Programme (DDSP) once again to follow up in regards to the exchange of our educational materials and resources. Aside from gaining a better understanding of Pursat through these collaborations, we also look forward to increasing the reach of our materials by capitalising on these organisations’ influence.