The Lake Clinic welcomes appropriately qualified medical and dental volunteers. We are providers of Primary Care services, and these are rapidly evolving as our presence on the Tonle Sap lake increases. Most volunteers therefore will be Primary Care physicians or dentists. Unfortunately, we do not accept medical students for the time being.
The clinical cases that may be met will be familiar to qualified GPs and general dental practitioners. A surprisingly high proportion of problems that we treat are similar to a western general practice. However there is a higher proportion of children and less older adults – this reflects the lower Cambodian life expectancy compared with the west. This life expectancy is currently increasing, although this may not yet have filtered through to the lake villages where there is still extreme poverty and subsistence living.
The villages that we visit have received no medical services prior to the launch of the Lake Clinic and this means that we are currently building up the service with the aim of providing regular and predictable visits by our teams. We are progressively getting on top of chronic disease and preventative health care and we are scheduling repeat and follow up consultations. More recent and acute problems are dealt with on our weekly visits.