Joan gets to know the community at M’Lop Tapang

After 48 hours travelling, our second grant recipient, Dr Joan Livesley, arrived in Sihanoukville this morning. We believe M’Lop Tapang is among the best health care centres for children and young people in Cambodia. For the last two years we’ve been working closely with them to to support the relief of health issues facing children and young people in the community, including malnutrition, respiratory infections, the affects of parental alcohol and drug use, skin diseases, developmental delay and the consequences of child abuse.

On arrival at M’Lop Tapang Joan got straight into the swing of things with a tour of the centre, which delivered over 30,000 free medical and dental treatments last year alone, providing support to over 7,500 children. M’Lop Tapang is more than a heath centre, though. It provides education, healthcare and support for thousands of children and young people. Joan met children enjoying a dance lesson, and got stuck in, learning the intricate moves of Khmer dance.

Tomorrow Joan will begin her research, meeting children and young people from across the community to learn about the issues that affect them, before starting work on developing a learning centre for M’Lop Tapang’s health and social care teams, including books donated by the British Medical Association.

Joan’s grant is funded through SicKids’ supporters, and a generous contribution from the BMA Humanitarian Fund. To help us give amazing development opportunities to more UK health and social care workers, please consider a donation. No matter how big or small, every penny makes a difference to the lives of children and young people in the North West of England and Cambodia.

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