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Teachers use AHC first aid training to save students’ lives

AHC News, Community, Education

AHC’s community-based, holistic healthcare initiatives deliver health education, increase access to care, address rural health inequalities, and ultimately, improve health outcomes. We partner with local organisations to support the often under-resourced and uneducated rural communities of Cambodia.

In the hospital, AHC provides health education to caregivers of admitted patients to help them understand and address the underlying causes of childhood illnesses, as well as develop healthy habits and behaviours, through one-on-one and group sessions.

AHC’s community outreach team works with key actors within communities to provide health interventions, like first aid trainings and health screenings, to empower community members to decrease preventable illness. These community-based, holistic healthcare initiatives deliver health education, increase access to care, address rural health inequalities, and ultimately, improve health outcomes.

“Angkor Hospital for Children’s community health programmes provide health education to rural Cambodians in an effort to reduce morbidity and mortality of mothers and children.”

Ms. Kong Naro, Director of Community Health
Ms. Kong Naro, Director of Community Health

Working through primary schools across Siem Reap province, the team is able to reach a larger number of children in a singular session, as well as engage school administrators and teachers in training. AHC staff provide teachers instruction to offer first aid, basic eye and dental screenings, as well as hygiene education to their students.

As of 2019, there were 659 teachers trained by AHC in schools throughout Siem Reap province. Three of these trainees recently showed extraordinary resilience and skill by using their first aid training to help four children within their community and school. Because of the teachers’ interventions, the children avoided life-threatening situations.

Meet the superhero teachers

In 2019, Mr. Tong Khun, Deputy Director of Vat Primary School in Nikothi District, attended two of AHC’s training courses covering eye care and first aid.

Later in the year, Khun had arrived home after work to find a baby girl had fallen from the first story of a neighbouring house and was unconscious. Khun performed immediate CPR.

“At first I was scared, but I also remembered the lessons I had learnt. I carefully stabilised her and started performing CPR. The trainer told us to press until the victim makes a whistle sound or hiccup sound. When the sound was made, the little girl woke up. I was so happy, her mom and neighbour were also happy.”

Tong Khun

Ms. Say Sokunthea is the Principal of Tlat Primary School. She attended AHC’s first aid training course in 2018. One day last year during the school day, a young student swallowed a pen cap and began choking.

“The child couldn’t speak and was shaking her head so I came to the conclusion that the child was choking. When I understood the child was choking I remembered how to help from the lessons. I was able to remove the pen cap and the child started breathing again.”

Say Sokunthea

Another teacher, Pat Pov of Chamroeun Roth Primary School, rescued two children on separate occasions who were choking – one of which was his son.

“I saw my son was in trouble. At first I didn’t know what was wrong, but when I saw the candy shells I realised that he was eating candy and could be choking. I grabbed his back and squeezed his chest five times. He made a noise and began to breathe again. I am so happy that my son was OK thanks to me and my training.”

Pat Pov

Teachers, Khun, Sokunthea, and Pov were all grateful for the training they received, equipping them with the skills to successfully save a child’s life in the event of an emergency at their school and community. These heroic stories highlight the importance of AHC’s work within the community.

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