CAPACITY BUILDING FOR ORAL REHYDRATION THERAPY CORNER AT ANGKOR HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN

Project CAPACITY BUILDING FOR ORAL REHYDRATION THERAPY CORNER AT ANGKOR HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN
Objectives
Project Partners Maybank Foundation
Activities

• 638 children were treated with ORT. • 2,431 children received treatment for diarrhea. • 3,094 caregivers were provided with education on dehydration • 1,350 ORT packages were distributed • 81 medical students and 285 nurses received training on dehydration and its treatment including ORT

• 5,500 patients hospital-wide • 1,200 patients attending the ORT Corner

Locations Angkor Hospital for Children (AHC)
Period January – December 2016
Accomplishments

• 638 children were treated with ORT. • 2,431 children received treatment for diarrhea. • 3,094 caregivers were provided with education on dehydration • 1,350 ORT packages were distributed • 81 medical students and 285 nurses received training on dehydration and its treatment including ORT

BACKGROUND

MERCY Malaysia deployed mission members to Angkor Hospital for Children (AHC) to provide medical assistance since 2004. In 2005, MERCY Malaysia funded an Oral Rehydration Therapy (ORT) Corner at the outpatient department in Angkor Hospital for Children, and has since continued to support the project. The ORT corner is a project established to treat mild dehydration or diarrhea. Over the years in support of the hospital, MERCY Malaysia has donated medical equipment such as ventilator, incubator and refrigerated centrifuge to the hospital. In addition, MERCY Malaysia also employed a nurse and two trained OPD family service assistants to ensure that there will be enough support to complete the ORT work.

MERCY MALAYSIA’S EFFORTS/ ACTIVITIES

Throughout 2016, AHC’s Oral Rehydration Therapy (ORT) project treated 638 Cambodian children suering from dehydration between January and August 2016 in the ORT Corner, while children with severe dehydration were treated in the IPD and ERICU. The majority of these patients suered dehydration as a symptom of diarrhea, dysentery, vomiting, food poisoning or dengue fever. Between January and August 2016, 663 caregivers attended ORT corner education sessions on dehydration. In addition, ORT sta hosted a once a week education session

which was open to all caregivers in the OPD, which shared information on diarrhea, dehydration prevention as well as the appropriate treatment. AHC also trained 81 medical students and 285 nurses on illnesses which are present with dehydration, and all aspects of treatment including ORT.