1.  the maintenance and improvement of physical and mental health, esp. through the provision of medical services 



PLD Healthcare Division




public health, medical students and members from related fields 


Responsible for:

empowerment through better health in villages of Takeo


Recent work:

  • holding 'SHIELD', a year-long village health campaign; 

  • incorporating health education into the village school curriculum; 

  • conducting research on healthcare needs; 

  • organizing volunteer experience and immersion trips. 



Compost Toilet Prototype

Having collected the above research findings, our team has explored solution to the village’s sanitation problem while working along their preferences and considerations. With the communication and aid from Greenovation and World Toilet Organization, we thus distil to the solution of source-separation vermicompost toilet. 

'Shield' Campaign

From needs assessment conducted in Thon Mun Village during Cambodia 2012, we have established that villagers will benefit from preventative healthcare intervention. SHIELD stands for "deflect and protect". With efforts to raise awareness and implement healthy habits, we hope to help reduce incidence of preventable medical conditions in the area.

SHIELD will be divided into three parts. First, a continuous children's health workshop will be launched to lay the foundation of basic sanitation knowledge among the young minds. This will be achieved by collaborating with local healthcare promoters trained by PLD healthcare team. Second, the team and our volunteers will be holding a Village Health Awareness Day half-yearly, for the purpose of involving adults and encouraging community support. It is a day event with educational games, lectures, and Q&A sessions. Third, there will be village-wide healthcare promotion, with posters and leaflets to give out to villagers, for the purpose of giving easy access to healthcare information and to promote SHIELD.

Continuous evaluation will be done to assess effectiveness of the campaign, and to gather information to refine and improve our program.

Needs Assessment

In 2011, preliminary research into basic health criterion was conducted in multiple villages in Takeo Province in the form of surveys. The significance of clean water and basic sanitation was established. One year later, we returned with volunteers, and additional plans for research and intervention. Healthcare institution visits in Phnom Penh and Takeo Province, as well as needs assessment in Thon Mun Village were carried out. These activities allow us to gain insight into the local healthcare infrastructure and problems, which serves as an important groundwork for the development of future projects. Moreover, in light of the sanitation facility being constructed in Thon Mun, intensive hygiene promotion classes were designed for the village school students.

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