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					                                                                                                           VOL.11 NO.3 MARCH 2006

     Cambodia Charity Report
     Dr. Michael FT Lai             MBChB(CUHK), AFRCOph (Edinburgh), FCOphHK,
                                    FHKAM (Ophthalmology), MBA (Healthcare) CUHK
     Tuen Mun Hospital

                                                                                                              Dr.Michael FT Lai

     Dr Kenneth Yuen of Prince of Wales Hospital and I have
     joined the Cambodia Medical mission organised jointly by
     Hong Kong Rhenish Church, Hong Kong College of
     Paediatricians and Hong Kong Ophthalmological Society
     from 22nd to 27th October 2005. Since this is the first time in
     conducting volunteer eye service in Cambodia, we faced a
     lot of uncertainties and apart from operating microscopes,
     we were requested to bring all surgical instruments and
     consumables to Cambodia. We would like to give our
     sincere thank to COS of PWH and TMH who allowed us
     to borrow 4 sets of cataract extraction instruments and
     also AMO who gave us a special offer on IOL and
     viscoelastics purchase in view of charity purpose.

                                                                       We overcame a lot of difficulties and obstacles and our
                                                                       team is very pleased with the result of this impossible
                                                                       mission. Moreover, it was a very valuable experience for
                                                                       personal growth. The church has already decided to
                                                                       continue eye mission in late Sept 2006. I strongly
                                                                       recommend this activity to other interested colleagues.

     We were based at the only hospital at Phnom Penh with
     eye specialty clinic and provided free eye service for 4
     days. Our eye team consisted of 2 eye doctors, 6
     registered nurses and 2 interpretators. Despite of
     different cultures, languages, expectation and
     communication problems, we managed to perform 14
     ECCE+IOLs uneventfully.


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