Here is a brief description of the project for potential volunteers.
Sihanouk Hospital Center of HOPE (SHCH) is the base of this effort to begin to offer cervical cancer screening to the women of Cambodia. The project at SHCH is a pilot project of Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO). The plan is to coordinate their work with Marie Stokes International and Cambodian Ministry of Health efforts; both organizations are interested in starting cervical cancer screening in Cambodia. The current project plans to use VIA and has been proposed to the Cambodian equivalent of an IRB to study the use of this see and treat approach on a group of women, half HIV negative and half positive. They expect approval shortly. They hope to publish their results.
I am a general OBGYN with 20+ years practice experience and have been Intermittently volunteering overseas for the last few years. I will be in Phnom Penh, Cambodia from May 20 to June 11 to help start this program at SHCH. I will be evaluating their proposed protocols and procedures, the facilities and the donated equipment they have for cryo and LEEP. I will help the staff set up a training and education plan. My role will emphasize education more than direct patient care. Staff has had VIA and cryotherapy training with Marie Stokes in Vietnam earlier this year.
HVO has had an active volunteer medical presence in Phnom Penh that is well supported and volunteers in other medical specialties have been very pleased with their experiences. Our goal is to have 3-4 OBGYN physicians available to follow up at regular intervals until the program appears self sustaining. Expansion throughout Cambodia is the ultimate goal.
Anyone who has interest can contact me directly:
Kathryn Duevel MD
cell phone 320-979-0952<tel:320-979-0952>