Recent research conducted at Stanford University and published in the Lancet Journal highlighted a serious public health issue that we see at the Sihanouk Hospital Center of HOPE every day.
The article showed that high out of pocket costs, such as the funds spent with local pharmacies and on private healthcare providers, was the most common correlating factor in the presence of multi-drug resistant infections. These types of infections require sophisticated antibiotics and are costly to treat. We’re at the final stretch of a fundraising campaign to help us provide effective drugs for very sick patients. You can help today for only $10.
Poun Saran, a 59-year-old widow who arrived at our doors barely conscious and feverish, was unsuccessfully treated at two other facilities before coming to us. Both of the clinics charged her, requiring collateral on her family farm in Svay Reing province. After she arrived at the Emergency Department, SHCH conducted extensive laboratory testing to reveal that Saran had Type 1 diabetes, hypertension and melioidosis- an infectious disease common with farmers in Cambodia.
With effective diagnostics, antibiotic medications and 3 weeks of hospitalization, Saran is returning to home. She has a long path ahead to maintain her health.
Without the effective interventions of SHCH, Saran would have certainly died. SHCH’s team of clinicians, laboratory professionals and research partners are on the front lines of the fight to determine antimicrobial resistance and provide effective treatment. Your contribution to our current fundraising campaign for antibiotic drugs will make the biggest difference if received before September 15. Please donate today.
Dr. Thai Sopheak
Interim Executive Director