While education is the key to sustainable development, good health is where is all starts. That is why RSP is continually working to improve the health of the people in its community. The strategy is two-pronged and aimed both towards the treatment of disease as well as its prevention.
Access to (emergency) healthcare
Until very recently, the people living in RSP’s community were forced to travel to Phnom Penh for (emergency) health services – a 1.5 hour tuk-tuk ride away – at the risk of being refused treatment upon arrival if they were unable to afford the necessary treatment. As a consequence, children and adults in rural areas, unable to travel or fearing financial dept, often die from diseases which can easily be treated.
By bringing basic healthcare services to the countryside by means of its Hospital Project, RSP is in the process of permanently changing this situation for the better.
Due to lack of information, people in the countryside are often unaware of preventive methods against diseases. Similarly, there is little knowledge available about the benefits of balanced nutrition and basic oral hygiene, resulting in many children showing advanced tooth decay by the age of five.
In order to change this situation, RSP started the Children Smile Dental Care Project in 2017.