Dr. Leour and Dr. Jordan are working together as part of the partnership between Improving Global Health and the Maddox-Jolie-Pitt Foundation to improve health worker training and patient care in rural Cambodia.
'I'm Dr. Leour and my job is the head coordinator’s payrolls to work with MJP to improve Cambodian health services at the Bueng Run Health Centre and health post.
The MJP concept is, we try to build the capacity of the government and to make sure that all villages be accessible to the health service through the quality health care at the health centre.
I can tell you that I got both indirect and direct benefits from the UK Fellows. The direct ones – I learnt from them about the communications skill, about the presentations, about the report, and I have more confidence in communications with them in the past six years, because I think the most thing that I improved is my English in the communication with them.
And also, you know, the indirect benefit I got from them. Whenever they do need assistance, need my assistance, I have to deal with a government official. It can be either the local authorities, the community leaders, health centre staff, the OD, the Department of Health, the national people. So I have to contact with them, coordinate with them, for these people to see them, to meet with them. So later on, I have more relationships and build my confidence.'
'In August last year I finished my foundation training as a junior doctor within the NHS. So I’d spent two years working in Poole Hospital, down on south coast, and I decided at that point that I wanted to take a whole year out of my training before applying for paediatric training, which I’m about to start in September this year.
And so the problems that the community here in Samlout experience are ones to do with poverty, and lower educational attainment. Things like preventable diseases in children, such as diarrhoea and pneumonias. Infectious diseases are still really quite prevalent despite the work of the government and international agencies to kind of promote and highlight the need to stop children dying of preventable diseases, essentially.
I think IGH is a kind of innovative, new, different programme to those slightly more established patterns of one hospital linking to another, providing a lot of clinical expertise and teaching, whereas this is something completely different. And it’s really a balance between what we get and again from Cambodia and our colleagues in Cambodia and the experiences we have here, and then what we’re able to bring to the organisation and the communities that we work with. So I think that the NHS is definitely coming to realise that more innovative programmes like this where a broad range of skills are developed, and there’s maybe even more of reciprocal benefits for NHS staff and the communities that we work with. Hopefully it’s more of the way forward.'