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Community TEP Truck: Delivering Dental and Eye Care to Rural Students and Teachers

Many rural families do not have the time or financial resources to bring their children in to AHC for check-ups, and as a result, minor health complaints grow into longer-lasting, more serious health problems. To counter this issue, AHC has introduced the Treatment, Education and Prevention (TEP) Truck, which will travel to rural towns and villages and help to address health issues within the community.

The TEP Truck was a fire truck in a former life, and after six months of extensive renovations during 2017, has been transformed and equipped to deliver on-site quality optometry and dental care. It has been outfitted with a consultation and treatment room, housing a dental chair and other essential dental equipment, a waiting area and filtered running water. Awnings provide shade for children having their eyes screened and for use at small-scale health promotion events centred around the truck.

The TEP Truck will support AHC’s community school programme with the goal to educate, engage and empower school-aged children in rural Cambodia to develop lifelong healthy behaviours. The primary focus will be to deliver dental care and eye care, screenings and treatments. It will include two dental team members, two eye nurses and two members of AHC’s community team for health promotion activities. Dental services will include preventative fluoride mouth rinsing, oral screening and health checks as well as minor dental procedures including sealant, fillings and extractions. Eye care services will include general eye check-ups and vision screening. Any children with complications requiring additional treatment will be referred to AHC for further care.

The truck will also be used at promotional events and will distribute health promotion materials such as posters and pamphlets to reinforce key health messages.

The plan is for the TEP Truck to be out on the road five days a week during school semesters. It will visit a minimum of two schools each week for a total of 104 schools this coming year. It is expected to impact more than 27,000 students and nearly 700 teachers over three years.

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