TSF was founded by a pediatrician and nurse practitioner who responded to the critical need for basic medical care and education that was at the time lacking in Cambodia. Since then, TSF has been involved in many health care projects starting with the wide range of needs in our children’s center. Our health care reaches the wider community through clean water projects, bathroom installations, and immunization programs.
Providing basic immunizations to children, free of charge, has contributed largely to our mission to meet Cambodians’ medical needs. With the help of generous donors, our staff doctor, and several volunteer medical students, TSF has provided thousands of Cambodian children with immunizations against diphtheria, pertussis, and tetanus, as well as hepatitis B, which is so prevalent in Southeast Asia. We have recently begun to immunize the children in our direct care against HPV.
As the country continues to develop, more children are receiving their vaccinations at birth, but there are still remote areas where this is not possible. All children under the age of 18 in the villages of Roteang, Beng Krom, Prekchar, Lvea Sor and Sambour have benefitted from these TSF immunization campaigns, as well as those living in Kampong Speu orphanage and our own Roteang Children’s Center, of course.
Caring for special needs children
Roteang Children’s Center admits all children without regard for preexisting conditions such as HIV, syphilis, cerebral palsy, and hepatitis. Some children will stay in Foundation care permanently because of special needs. Children receive regular medical and dental checkups and those with special needs are continuously monitored to ensure their treatment regimens remain effective. In addition to our on-staff physician, TSF routinely reaches out to outside organizations and specialists to meet the unique needs of each child. Organizations include Perkins School for the Blind Thailand and Vietnam affiliates, Happy Kids Clinic in Phnom Penh for occupational therapy, and Caritas Cambodia for youth counseling.