Who We Are
Graphis Health Center (GHC) provides critical health care to Cambodians living in rural areas with limited access to proper medical care due to poverty and remote locales. Located in Prey Proseth Village, 120 km west of Phnom Penh, GHC is surrounded by 100 acres of forest and mountains—or what we like to call the Land. Due to its location in middle of the jungle and near a major road, GHC has responded to and treated thousands of emergency and trauma patients since being founded in 2010 by Dr. Peter Li. GHC is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care regardless of the financial or social status of our patients.
In an emergency, every second counts. With the nearest hospital 80km away-for many, GHC is their only chance of survival. Patients who have suffered from accidents or trauma can be admitted as short or long-term in-patients to receive professional and compassionate palliative and rehabilitative care. All GHC medical staff are on call 24/7-and even at night, at least one staff is awake to check on our patient while the others take turns sleeping inside the health center.
70% of GHC patients are out-patients. In remote provinces, many villagers have never been treated by medical personnel and most have limited knowledge of basic health and hygiene practices. GHC provides health education, consultation, and treatment to local villagers from the surrounding rural provinces. Some even travel hundreds of kilometers for our medical services. Many of our patients are children who come to us with severe infection, malaria, or dengue fever. All of these are curable but without the proper diagnoses and treatments- they are fatal.
Although GHC is in the Cambodian jungle, we have the training, equipment, resourcefulness, and compassion to treat our patients at the highest standard. Our motto is simple-- we do the things we do so that others may live.
A Profile of Our Sai
In August 2011, GHC and Taiwanese medical volunteers from Chuang Gung Memorial Hospital responded to an emergency 90 km away from Phnom Penh. When they arrived at the scene, the nearby villagers had already pulled the victims to the side of the road. All the victims were only slightly injured except for one—Sai, a 26 year-old woman.
When the villagers pulled Sai from the car, it further exacerbated her injuries. GHC took Sai to a national hospital where she was diagnosed with a C5-C6 spinal injury – permanently paralyzing her from the neck down.
After one week, Sai was transferred to GHC for rehabilitation. She stayed at GHC for a few days before her family requested us to take her home to be treated by a traditional healer. One week later, Sai returned to GHC with severe infections and bedsores so deep you could see her tailbone.
When the family asked for GHC’s help, we admitted Sai as an in-patient. Everyday, the GHC staff gave her antibiotics for her infection and spread iodine and sugar paste for her bedsores. It wasn’t until weeks later that we discovered that Sai was pregnant! GHC staff worked diligently to keep her and the baby alive.
On May 3rd 2012, Pich was born--a beautiful, healthy baby girl. Sai and Pich are still with us at GHC today. Sadly the family has not been in contact or shown her any support since the birth, but GHC staff continues to support Sai and her child with medical care, shelter, food, and clothing.
Why We Need Your Support
The sad truth is that many of our patients are like Sai who come to us as their last resort. Many have spent their life savings at private clinics in hopes of a cure but in the end are left with a mountain of debt and the effects of harmful treatments, which cause even more damage to their health. Others are so sick/injured that they are a financial and emotional burden on their family, and as a result no one will take care of them.
This is why GHC started the Poor Patient Fund. For those patients who cannot pay, we waive our $1.25 consultation fee and give them medicine and treatment for free. We aim to treat our patients until they are fully recovered so that they are not at-risk of developing more severe health issues in the future. However, the costs of continual check-ups and treatments add up very quickly.
This is why GHC needs your support. For poor in-patients like Sai, we spend $400/month just on medical supplies. We need at least $10,000 to effectively treat our poor patients for the next year. Every penny you donate will go directly to helping treat our patients who cannot afford any treatments or medications.
Others Way You Can Help
We would appreciate any help you can give. Even if you are not in a financial position to donate, you can still spread the word to your friends and family and through social networking websites like Facebook. If you are interested in visiting GHC, donating medical supplies, or volunteering your services please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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