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Dental Program Celebrates Milestone of 50,000th patient treated

By: Expat Advisory Posted: November-25-2009 in
Expat Advisory

Da Nang: The East Meets West Dental Program celebrated a major program milestone over a decade in the making. Le Thi Yen Nhi, a 12-year old girl from Que Son District, Quang Nam Province was the 50,000th patient to receive treatment from EMW's dental team. Served on January 15, 2008, her treatment represents the tremendous growth and success this program has achieved. During its 12-year history, the Dental Program has provided over 175,000 dental services worth an estimated value of $8.5 million USD.

Welcome to the Dark Side: Depression in Cambodia

By: Bronwyn Sloan Posted: November-16-2009 in
Bronwyn Sloan

Originally published on Expat advisory On February 7th 2008, following several requests we have lifted the article to our current pages.

Hi. My name is Bronwyn, and, like up to 15 percent of the population, I suffer from depression. Unfortunately for me, although there is a group for recovering alcoholics in Cambodia, and even a group for recovering drug addicts, there is no 12-Step Sad Sacks Anonymous. I have a medical certificate that says I am not crazy, I have been assured by experts that I am not delusional, I am certainly not ashamed and I know I am not alone. Expats and Cambodians alike share dark days like I do, but few people talk about it.

The World Food Program Plans to Provide Food to 108 Million People in 74 Countries Including Nearly One Million Cambodian People

By: The Mirror - editor: Norbert Klein Posted: October-21-2009 in
The Mirror - editor: Norbert Klein

The Mirror, Vol. 13, No. 635 - Tuesday, 20.10.2009

"Rome: Because the number of starving people increases beyond the number in previous reports, today (World Food Day - 16 October 2009), the World Food Program (WFP) of the United Nations calls on the world to remember that more than one billion people do not have enough food to eat.

"The executive director of the World Food Program, Ms. Josette Sheeran, said, 'Actually, the "World Food Day" is also "World Without Food Day" for 1 among 6,000 persons [Late addition: Apologies for a grave error during the process of preparing the manuscript: it is "1 among 6 persons" - a much more serious situation. And, according to the original English version we now replaced the former rendering "Word Without Food Day" with "No Food Day."] in the world in this year. It should be remembered that more than one billion people will not have enough food to eat this year. We cannot change this problem. Therefore, our challenge is to make "World Without Food Day" become "World Food Day" for hundreds of millions of people who do not have sufficient food to eat.

Child Mortality Rate in Cambodia Is Declining

By: The Mirror - editor: Norbert Klein Posted: October-06-2009 in
The Mirror - editor: Norbert Klein

The Mirror, Vol. 13, No. 633 - Monday, 5.10.2009

"Phnom Penh: Child mortality rate in Cambodia is declining, a good sign for Cambodia to possibly achieve the Millennium Development Goals of Cambodia.

"Most directors of various hospitals at provinces and cities claimed there are now better health condition for children in the country.

"The director of the Kratie Referral Hospital, Dr. Ou Khilay, said that though Malaria and respiratory diseases are increasing in the province, the child mortality rate from these diseases and other infectious diseases declined, compared to last year.

Heart Diseases Are the Leading Cause of Deaths in Cambodia

By: The Mirror, editor: Norbert Klein Posted: September-05-2009 in
The Mirror, editor: Norbert Klein

The Mirror, Vol. 13, No. 628 – Friday, 4.9.2009

"Phnom Penh: Heart disease is considered to be a disease that causes the highest rate of deaths for Cambodian citizens, compared to other diseases.

"An official of the National Institute of Public Health, Dr. Chao Darapheak, said that according to a preliminary report from 14 provinces and cities in Cambodia, the mortality rates from cancer, heart diseases, and liver diseases have all increased among people over 40 years old. But heart diseases are the leading cause of deaths, as 19 out of 100,000 people die from heart diseases, followed by liver diseases with 8 deaths among 100,000, and cancer with 7 deaths among 100,000 people.

Law on Food Safety and Quality Is Not Implemented, Making Cambodia a Trash Basket for Foreign Leftovers

By: Norbert Klein, editor, The Mirror Posted: August-20-2009 in
Norbert Klein, editor, The Mirror

“A food safety and quality law was adopted by the National Assembly in 1996, attempting to protect the health and wellbeing of the citizens, but it unfortunately this law has been ignored and is not implemented effectively.

“Cam-Control officials who have the obligation to check goods at distribution points and at markets do not apply the above law strictly. Vendors who respect the law and do not dare to sell no-quality or expired goods, said that Cam-Control officials never pay attention to check goods thoroughly, but they just go to check occasionally, but it is not for checking, but to collect money from the vendors and from businesspeople who do illegal business by distributing or selling no-quality or expired goods.

Down on The Farm

By: Scott & Therese Garceau Posted: July-05-2009 in
Scott & Therese Garceau

MANILA, Philippines – Forget any preconceptions you might have about The Farm, the health resort set amid San Benito’s lush forests in Batangas. It’s not what you think.

“We’ve heard it all,” says Mary-Anne Elgar, The Farm’s general manager for operations, shaking her head. “That it’s The Fat Farm, or The Veggie Farm, or The Enema Farm, or even The Expensive Farm.” For the record: “It’s a health farm.”

Stress and the Expat: Handling the Cultural Adjustment of Living Overseas

By: Lance Castille Posted: April-21-2009 in
Lance Castille

Have you been posted abroad by your organization or company?

Or maybe you have decided to follow a dream or work for a cause outside your homeland?

Whether you're living and working overseas by choice or by assignment, you will at times experience some form of stress from culture shock or adjustment to the new culture.

Cycles of stress can start with the process of packing and shipping household belongings as you begin to leave the familiar behind.

Angkor's Spa at Le Meridien draws worldwide attention

By: Expat Advisory Posted: July-23-2008 in
Expat Advisory

Located 14km from Siem Reap International Airport, the spa boasts six treatment rooms, three of which are designed for couples, and offers a diverse menu of massage and body and health therapies conducted by professional therapists.

There are signature treatments such as the 90 minute 'Ancient Angkor Massage' that uses pressure techniques and gentle stretching, or the 'Healing Hands Massage' that has two therapists working together to combine massage techniques of Japanese Shiatsu, Thai massage, Hawaiian Lomi Lomi, Swedish and Balinese.

Vietnamese doctors give free treatment to Cambodian children

By: Touch Yuthear and The Mekong Times Posted: June-11-2008 in
Touch Yuthear and The Mekong Times

Vietnamese doctors have begun giving free treatment at a Phnom Penh hospital to poor Cambodian children suffering from polio, earning the Vietnamese praise for their humanity and generosity from cash-strapped Phnom Penh authorities. Eight Vietnamese volunteer doctors are involved in the five-day program at Phnom Penh Municipal Referral Hospital, examining and operating on polio sufferers under the age of 16.


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