On October 30, 2019, The Phnom Penh Post, Cambodia’s most popular English-language newspaper, published a full-page story about the work of STC and our Cambodian partner organization, Speech and Swallow Therapy Cambodia (SSTC).
The article, entitled “Cambodia desperately needs life-saving stroke treatment,” written by speech pathologist Annie Johnson, describes the work being done by SSTC-trained clinicians at three Cambodian hospitals to treat dysphagia, a life-threatening swallowing disorder that often follows stroke and which commonly goes untreated in Cambodia.
SSTC, with the support of Speech Therapy Cambodia, “has been working to improve this situation for six years, bringing internationally qualified and experienced speech and language therapists to the Kingdom to act as educators. Consequently, as Dr. Chhour Channara states, 15 Cambodian healthcare professionals now ‘know how to evaluate and how to treat dysphagia – and it works.'”
The article describes how “SSTC’s long-term vision is a future where Cambodia no longer needs to rely on foreign specialists and has its own qualified therapists in health and education settings treating both communication and swallowing difficulties.”
Your support of Speech Therapy Cambodia helps give Cambodian health professionals the skills they need to save patients’ lives—helping not only patients, but also their families, hospital staff, the healthcare system, and influencing the future creation of our profession in Cambodia.
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