Dermatological Care in Remote Cambodia

Two field trips were undertaken in rural Cambodia

The German Society of Dermatology applied for a grant to support work in Cambodia. ILDS DermLink grant activities do not always need to take place in the same country as the Member Society. This grant allowed for two field trips to be conducted during the period. The first, in November, saw 11 physicians, nurses and students from the new department of Dermatology at Preah Kossamak hospital travel to Kroch Meas Commune (about 80km west of Phnom Penh).  They saw 261 patients.  The second, in April 2017, saw a task force of 25 arrange a day-clinic in Mesor Prochan Village (140km South East of Phnom Penh); 315 people presented at this clinic.

A wide variety of dermatological issues were seen varying from aesthetic to advanced Basel Cell Carcinomas and late systemic scleroderma. All medicines and consultations were provided free of charge, and local staff had the opportunity to assist with the consultations benefiting from the experience and training of the specialist team. The grant covered costs associated with travel and refreshments, medicines and basic laboratory equipment.