Children's Surgical Centre Overview
Geographic areas served: Cambodia
Programs: We are a surgical centre that provides rehabilitation surgery. Additionally, we have programs that focus on surgery for obstetric fistulae, meningoencephalocele (MECs), cleft lip and palate, general ophthalmology, hip and spine, and burn victims.
Around 500 million, or 12% of the world's population suffer from disability. Disabilities bring misery, reduce economic status, destroy social integration and cause untold suffering through stigmatization and marginalization from society.
In the last 30 years international agencies have made great efforts to assist with health-care in developing countries focusing on the principles of 'primary health care'; e.g. sanitation, clean water, Maternal Child Health (MCH), developed at the conference of Alma Ata in 1978. Surgery has been considerably under-emphasized as 'too sophisticated and expensive' for widespread impact.
CSC demonstrates the huge benefits of simple, safe, rehabilitation surgery to developing countries by organising treatment and training programs. CSC is one of few organisations promoting this doctrine, and almost alone in practicing it.
Many of Cambodia’s poorest disabled people have received free surgery enabling them to greatly improve their standard of living. In Cambodia, disabled people experience discrimination due to their physical appearance as well as their perceived mental capacity. If a person is not able to contribute to the wellbeing and livelihood of their family they are looked down upon and neglected.
Patients who receive surgery at CSC are able to lead more normal lives, affecting not only themselves but their families too.