Vulnerable populations and surgical care

Toba, a medical student from Canada, is currently spending part of the summer at CSC, and has the following comments after 4 weeks in Cambodia:  Observing global medical and surgical practices can greatly shape local realities. By identifying and implementing the best approaches, we can improve local circumstances and share knowledge across borders. The Children's Surgical Centre thrives on local and international collaboration with specialists and medical learners from around the world attending intermittently to share their expertise. This creates an enriching learning environment for students, like myself, who can gain wisdom from diverse and experienced professionals. During my time at CSC, I have been astounded by their ability to carry out complex and vital surgical procedures with minimum resources. The focus on adaptability and sustainability, through the use of reusable equipment and support for local surgical talent, has greatly impacted my perspective and goals in the field of surgery.


Every contribution, no matter how small, can have a profound impact on the lives of individuals suffering from a disability in Cambodia. Please join us in this endeavor and help improve the quality of healthcare for those in need.

Author: Ellen Interlandi

Ellen, a registered nurse, and her husband Brian, an anesthesiologist, have been active volunteers at CSC since 2008. Ellen has undergraduate degrees in both Nursing and Spanish Literature, and a graduate degree in Health Management. Since 2020, Ellen has volunteered in the role of Stakeholder Relations, connecting with our generous supporters, interacting with visiting surgeons and students, and disseminating updates on Children's Surgical Centre.

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