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Village Health

Health Teaching

RDI is heavily involved in teaching rural villagers basic health concepts. During the early and mid 1900’s Cambodia was one of the progressive countries in south east Asia. Sadly, after the Pol Pot regime left the country in ruins, the country as been slow to recover. One of the direct side effects of the travesties that occurred in the late seventies was the sheer lack of educational infrastructure. A whole generation of teachers, intellectuals, artists, and educated people were wiped out. As a result, basic medical understanding is severely lacking in rural AND urban areas.

  1. Our medical workers are currently educating through school presentations.
  2. Medical assistance to rural people is also extended in our communities we live and work in.  Home visits are common, and new opportunities to meet needs are continually coming to our attention.
  3. Visiting teams of medical volunteers are welcomed to help in this branch of our


An overview and general introduction to medicine stories and how they work can be found here: medicine stories

On a related note:  Here is an example of a recipe and school presentation on the medicinal use of Guava to stop diarrhea. Guava Treatment




Our Community Health Team, goes out to each rural location weekly to teach nutrition, health, and traditional medical remedies depending on the need in that village. They overcome myths about health such as vegetables not being safe for children under age 2. They teach about prevention of most common ailments such as skin problems, diarrhea, and parasites.



Ninety percent of rural Cambodians deliver their baby in their home, are malnourished, and suffer from iron-deficiency anemia. This program meets over 300 pregnant ladies per year to teach them weekly about safe pregnancy and newborn care, check blood pressures, and connect them to their local health center for a safer delivery environment.



As we are out in these villages, we encounter sick people at each location. Many of these we are able to treat on our own through our trained health workers but many more need to be assisted to health centers in Phnom Penh. We help over 30 patients per month with issues such as cancer, tuberculosis, parasites, surgeries, and many other ailments