2019 Cambodia Medical Mission through Medical Volunteers International (MVI)
In early 2019, Dr. Steven Shu led a group of Chinese-American doctors from North America to Kampong Chhnang, Cambodia to provide free medical care for local residents. This medical mission team consisted of ten volunteers. Eight of the members were doctors specializing in a range of fields, including internal medicine, pediatrics, dentistry, ophthalmology, surgery, and anesthesiology, as well as two non-medical volunteers. The majority of the team were from the United States, with one pediatrician from Canada. Dr. Li Tang was the Cambodian domestic team coordinator, who provided a team consisting of 5-6 individuals to assist in translation, as well as providing professional and daily necessities. During this service trip, the volunteers had to overcome many unexpected difficulties, including family emergencies, visa and passport issues, as well as many other obstacles.
Kampong Chhnang hospital is located 50 km north of Phnom Penh, where MVI team members have treated about 780 patients, including some surgical patients. The mission members also learned a great deal about Cambodia’s culture and its health care system.