Nokor Tep Hospital
The construction of the Nokor Tep Women’s Hospital in Phnom Penh is the cornerstone to providing women in Cambodia with improved health facilities & services. The Hospital will provide women in Cambodia modern gynaecological and oncological care, preventative, education and mobile services plus research facilities. This will be the first hospital dedicated to women’s health services in Cambodia.
Cambodia has suffered a tragic recent history with the involvement in the Vietnam War followed by the Khmer Rouge genocide and subsequent isolation by the international community.
More than 3 million Cambodians lost their lives during the Khmer Rouge regime and Cambodians who survived remain deeply traumatized. Cambodian infrastructure, education, financial and health systems were all destroyed by the Khmer Rouge regime.
Today Cambodia remains one of the poorest countries in the Asia Region – 70% of the population lives in rural areas, with 80% that rural population living below the official poverty line.
The health status of the Cambodian population is amongst the poorest in Asia. While health outcomes and life expectancy are improving alongside the general development of the country, Cambodia continues to have weak health indicators in worldwide comparisons. It is estimated that only 7% of the rural population has access to medical care, maternal mortality rates are high and women’s health care critically poor.
Cambodian women’s health statistics include:
- 85% of Cambodian women face problems in accessing health care
- 90% of women over 14 suffer from undiagnosed lumps or cysts, long-term gynecological infections, permanent vaginal discharges or cancers
- 40% of women working in factories suffer from a prolapsed uterus and their average age is 19 years old
- Many of these symptoms left untreated result in early onset of preventable or curable cancers such as cervical or breast cancers
- The average life expectancy of a woman in Cambodia is 49 years old
Nokor Tep Foundation Cambodia, is a Not for Profit organization, founded by Mrs Ros Priboun, Mrs Janne Ritskes, founder of Tabitha Cambodia (NGO), Dr Ing Kantha Phavi, Cambodian Minister for Women’s Affairs and Mr. Trac Thai Sieng, Vice Governor of the city of Phnom Penh. Nokor Tep Foundation was officially registered with the Royal Cambodian Government on 7th October 2011. The Nokor Tep Foundation’s vision is to create a health care program, facilities & services for women across Cambodia. The centerpiece of the Foundation’s initiative is the development of the Nokor Tep Women’s Hospital in Phnom Penh.
The Nokor Tep Women’s hospital initiative will provide access to modern gynaecological and oncological care not currently available in Cambodia plus provide education, preventative and mobile care services to reach women across all parts of Cambodia and contribute to an overall improvement in Cambodian women’s health.
The Initiative has 3 key objectives:
- A hospital offering intensive gynaecological medical care for women that need it – at a cost they can afford.
- A research and education component focussing on women’s health issues.
- Mobile outreach clinics for education, evaluations, treatments and patient transfer.
The Nokor Tep Women’s Hospital is located in the Dangkor District , Phnom Penh, Cambodia and the key facts are:
- Est. size 1.5 ha land size
- Total floor area 22,000 sqm (phase 1 and phase 2) Basement + 3 floors; 220 beds
- Key facilities 9 specialized consultation rooms ; 5 gynecologic examination rooms ; 4 oncology examination rooms ; 4 operating theaters, 1 recovery unit ; 1 radiotherapy and 2 laboratories for onsite analysis
- Staffing 26 specialists (gynecologists, oncologists, surgeons, anesthetists, radiotherapists etc.)
- No. of patients 42 inpatients per day (average length of stay: 7.2 days) , 300 examinations per day (more than 100,000 outpatients per year) ; 1,205 cancer cases supported per year ;
- Mobile clinics to reach out to communities throughout Cambodia
Nokor Tep Foundation Australia
Nokor Tep Foundation Australia has been formed to support the Nokor Tep Foundation Cambodia’s plans to develop improved health programs, facilities & services for the women of Cambodia.
Nokor Tep Foundation Australia Ltd, a company limited by guarantee, is a registered charity with the Australian Charities and Not for Profit Commission. We are a volunteer-based organization, with all directors and members working on a pro bono basis. All net proceeds from fundraising and tax-deductible donations will be sent to Nokor Tep Foundation Cambodia through Rotary Australia Overseas Aid Fund (Managed by RAWCS).
See http://www.nokortepaustralia.org.au for more details