Cambodian Acid Survivor’s Charity www.casc.org
CSC first started treating the victims of acid attacks soon after operations commenced in Cambodia in 1998. However, as time passed, the need for a specific organization to provide a range of medical treatment and post-operative services specifically for the survivors of acid attacks in Cambodia became progressively clearer to the medical team at CSC. In 2005, Dr. John Morrison from the Acid Survivors Foundation (ASF) of Bangladesh invited CSC to view the ASF operation there. Following this visit, Cambodian Acid Survivors Charity (CASC) was registered in the United States as an International Non-Governmental Organization (INGO) and took over the majority of the post-operative treatment from CSC. Locally, CASC is registered with the ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Health, and the Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC).
Victims of acid attacks require a unique range of services and a holistic approach to their physical and psychological rehabilitation. In Cambodia, as in most of Southeast Asia, the majority of victims are poor rural women. Their children sometimes become unintended victims as they are often sleeping with their mothers when the attack occurs. Child victims present more complex problems than adults, as subsequent growth necessitates more staged surgical procedures than an adult would need and more intensive physiotherapy – a far more resource-intensive load than a purely surgical facility such as CSC can reasonably handle. Full rehabilitation may be accelerated by greater concentration on their range of needs including post-operative care, physiotherapy, counseling, as well as legal, social, and occupational rehabilitation.
SEE International www.seeintl.org
Surgical Eye Expeditions (SEE) International is a nonprofit humanitarian organization that provides medical, surgical, and educational services by volunteer ophthalmic surgeons with the primary objective of restoring sight to disadvantaged blind individuals worldwide. SEE International frequently sponsors ophthalmic teams or individual specialists to spend one to two weeks at CSC. Aside from lending their professional skills and training to our Khmer doctors in new ophthalmic procedures, they also bring with them much needed ophthalmic equipment and supplies.
Smile Train is an international charity that provides cleft lip and cleft palate surgery to children in need, as well as providing cleft-related training to doctors. Clefts are major health problems in developing countries where millions of children suffer from unrepaired clefts. Most cannot eat or speak properly, aren’t allowed to attend school or hold a job, and often live in shame and isolation.
Smile Train sponsors CSC’s cleft lip and palate program. They provide vital funds in order for CSC to continue to perform free surgery for cleft patients. Smile Train also sponsors visiting specialists to lend their expertise to CSC’s Khmer doctors for one to two weeks at a time.