The current issue of the CSHA (California Speech-Language-Hearing Association) Magazine features an article that STC President Elizabeth Chafcouloff co-authored with Ruth Bryce, University Strategy Manager at OIC Cambodia.
The article, entitled “Speech Therapy in Cambodia: From the Ground Up!” describes the origins and work of our two organizations, noting:
“Speech Therapy Cambodia (STC) … and OIC Cambodia arrived in Phnom Penh at the same time and with remarkable similar missions: to train Cambodians to support people with communication and swallowing difficulties and to create a comprehensive university program to educate Cambodian-born SLPs [Speech-Language Pathologists].”
The article concludes:
“It’s an exciting time for speech-language therapy in Cambodia. As awareness grows, we are seeing an increase in demand for speech-language therapy services, as well as an interest in a future academic program. Both STC and OIC are continuing to discuss guidelines for a future partnership in developing a university course…. For this to happen, we need continued collaboration, the support of both the Cambodian government and international donor support and also the expertise of the international speech-language therapy community.”
Thank you for your support of Speech Therapy Cambodia. With your help, STC gives Cambodian health professionals the skills they need to save patients’ lives now and to influence the future creation of our profession in Cambodia.
As the CSHA article points out: “By training Cambodian dysphagia clinicians to a high level of competency and by demonstrating the importance of this life-saving work, we [at STC] can help patients now while working toward the ultimate goal of a degree program for Cambodian SLPs.”