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Project Battambang ’12 Posted on 2nd Feb 2013, 6:31pm by admin

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Project Battambang is an overseas community project organized by students from the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore. Every December since 2010, the team of about 25 students has been going on 2-week long missions to the Thai-Cambodian bordering district of Poipet in the Banteay
Meanchey province of Cambodia.

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Located in the northwestern part of the country, Poipet is considered one of the poorest districts in Cambodia and being a border town, the dubious reputation for child trafficking and prostitution. The team’s main focus is to supplement local basic healthcare services by conducting school and community health screenings. Aside from the health screenings, health education sessions are organized mainly on basic and dental hygiene, puberty, home and road safety, benefits of smoking cessation and strong marriages.
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This is accompanied by household surveys and data analyses, which are done to procure information about the needs of the community.

Besides these, Project Battambang also supports the education of needy students and development of village schools in the area with the ‘Light A Dream’ scholarship and teacher-support programmes.
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To ensure long-term sustainability, the team works alongside several local contacts including the Missionary Society of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, villages and schools in the area, as well as local healthcare providers.
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Today, Project Battambang reaches out to a total of nine different communities. Through new partnerships and collaborations, it aims to develop local health support infrastructure in villages and grow its scholarship programme in schools.

“It is a different Poipet in my eyes,” said Kristabella Low, a second-year medical student and Project Director of Project Battambang 2012. “It is not the armpit of Cambodia1 and a land of sprawling fields with uncleared landmines, but a home in my heart where hope is born.”

“There was no sense of me being someone who was there to help the less fortunate,” added Jovina Summer Goh, a first-year medical student. “Instead I felt like I was on the receiving end of kindness from the Cambodians.”
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CMG supports this project by providing mentorship and some of the volunteer doctors.

~ By Dr Ong Yew Jin

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