Angkor Hospital for Children’s Satellite Clinic (SC) was established in partnership with the government-run Sotnikum Referral Hospital. Angkor Hospital for Children’s SC provides high-quality paediatric health care to children in rural Siem Reap, whilst directly strengthening the government healthcare system.
Healthcare in Rural Cambodia
In Cambodia, primary care is provided through the government system by nurses and midwives at health centres. These health centres are capable of providing basic treatment for minor illnesses and injuries as well as antenatal care, deliveries and childhood vaccinations. For issues requiring a physician, Cambodians must be referred to a Referral Hospital, such as Sotnikum Referral Hospital. AHC is working in Sotnikum to strengthen these community-based services.
Treatment: Satellite Clinic Facilities
The Angkor Hospital for Children’s Satellite Clinic consists of 4 main units: Outpatient, Inpatient, Emergency and Neonatal. Opened in late 2014, the new Neonatal Ward consists of an in-hospital unit and outreach programs providing coaching for government health workers, who are present at the majority of births.
The Angkor Hospital for Children Satellite Clinic is a secondary level facility, and thus does not have an ICU. The staff are able to perform immediate life support, resuscitation and intubation, however, after a critically ill or injured child has been stabilised, Angkor Hospital for Children SC’s Ambulance Transfer Service provides safe transfer to Angkor Hospital for Children.
Education: Improving knowledge in Neonatal and Paediatric Healthcare in Rural Cambodia
Angkor Hospital for Children’s Satellite Clinic staff work with health centre staff to improve the quality of care available in the primary government health system. AHC operates as a high quality tertiary (equipped with intensive and specialty care facilities). When AHC opened the Satellite Clinic, we entered the secondary level of the government’s health care system, thus expanding our efforts into all levels of Cambodia’s health care system.
Education: Satellite Clinic as a Health Care Model for Developing Countries
This unique model of partnership, between a government hospital and non-profit health facility, is potentially replicable in other areas of Cambodia. When a high-quality health institution such as Angkor Hospital for Children partners with the underfunded government system, there is great potential for an overall increase in quality of available health care for all.