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2016 CATALOG OF CARING »

Improving the Lives of Many in a Community in Cambodia

Nub Chin tests for malaria in a patient.
Nub Chin and her family currently live in a malaria endemic forest in Kratié Province, Cambodia. Many of her fellow villagers are smallholder farmers who work on their farms daily in order to make a living, so malaria has the potential to significantly impact their work life when it goes untreated.
 
Although malaria is easy to treat, it remains to be a problem for many who do not have access to a health center or health practitioners. Like many in their village, Nub Chin and her daughter have frequently contracted malaria, due in part to not understanding the causes of the infection or how to prevent it. Whenever they contracted malaria, they were left with two options: spend a lot of money on transportation to reach the public health center dozens of kilometers away, or seek treatment from the private health provider which is closer, but more expensive.
 
While attending a malaria health education training provided by a CFC-supported organization, Nub Chin learned about what causes malaria and how to treat it. After the training, she expressed interest in volunteering to help her village, and with training and support, Nub Chin was able to become a malaria worker there. In this role, she provides malaria education, diagnosis and treatment in her village. 
 
Nub Chin has also offered to take her motorcycle to other nearby villages to provide education, diagnosis and treatment to other affected populations, including forest workers, seasonal migrant workers and smallholder farmers. Her motivation and dedication have helped prevent and treat hundreds of malaria cases.
 
Per month, Nub Chin provides health education to an average of 20 villagers, conducts around five blood tests to screen for malaria and provides treatment to all confirmed malaria cases. Because of women like Nub Chin, people are able to continue farming and save the money that would have otherwise been spent on malaria treatment to help feed their families and educate their children. 
 
Only with the leadership and dedication of local volunteers and the support of people like you will we be able to tackle the health challenges facing our world today.