Healthcare in Cambodia – One2One

On August, 31st, 2018, our Healthcare exploration visited MoPoTsyo to gain insights into healthcare and healthcare perspective in Cambodia. MoPoTsyo—a shorter term for Patient Information Centre—is an NGO that works with patients with chronic diseases, especially diabetes. We were there to talk to Dr. Maurit. He was a really fun man to talk to. He took us through mini biology lessons and explain different diseases and condition. From his talk, we learned that diabetes is not a disease, rather it a condition where the person is unable to produce insulin (type I), or unable to use their insulin effectively (type II). You might be wondering what is insulin is, well, it’s just a fancy name for a hormone that helps your body to regulate its sugar level. Back to where I trailed off, not only did we talk about Cambodia, we also discuss the sugar credit (in Thailand) where the tax paid by food production company is proportional to the sugar content of their product and various food scandal. Then, we talked about the improvement(s) Cambodian public hospitals can make, and learned about MoPoTsyo’s work. What they do is really cool, they offer blood testing service and education program. They also a longer training program, where people were taught about diabetes, and later take a test to ensure that they are qualified to teach their peers and raise awareness of diabetes.

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