In late June, Dr. Masaharu Nobuyoshi, who have done medical volunteer work in different countries in Africa came to Cambodia. He visited a national hospital and Rumdual island which are supported by Side by Side International, as well as Japan Heart’s medical center in Udon.
SBSI&ANTAA from Japan held a workshop for 60 medical staff in Calmette Hospital . Dr. Nakayama, Dr.Ezaki and Ms. Nishiyama gave a wonderful workshop, titled “Initial steps of emergency care for trauma cases –How to minimize Preventable Trauma Deaths(PTD) on March 15. They showed many examples and threw questions on each emergency case, how to assess and/or treat the patient. The attendees who gave correct answers were rewarded with Shiroi Koibito chocolate cookies from Hokkaido! Dr. Nareth(Emergency doctor) and Mr. Seang(Head of training nurses) from the hospital assisted the workshop. Later SBSI & ANTAA held the same workshop at National Khmer Soviet Friendship Hospital (KSFH).
SBSI held a first aid workshop for youth at Kolap 4 center in Phnom Penh. They were eager to learn how to save lives from SBSI’s Japanese experts. Japanese university students joined the workshop and in the end all were happy to know what to do when they see somebody in very critical conditions like heart stopped.
On March 1st and 2nd, SBSI arranged a First Aid team for the The 3rd Cambodian Para-Athletics Competition and open races, which were hosted by Hearts of Gold (Japanese NGO) and the National Paralympic Committee. The event was so touching that I (Akiko Sasaki) had tears a few times. The big smiles on the faces of the participants and their families were memorable.
The first aid teams and a Japanese ambulance were dispatched by National Khmer Soviet Hospital. (Thank you for your cooperation, Ms. Chikako) 4 members from Graphis (Japanese students’ NGO), one of the sponsors of donating the ambulance project also participated the events and provided “Free face painting” to children and youth. I hope there will be more people to watch such wonderful event next year.
SBSI provided First Aid teams from National Calmette and Khmer soviet hospitals to Toyota Junior Cup games in January. The junior football players played exciting games. When Ai center near the old garbage mountain became the champion, many were moved by the tears of the captain.