Health Care - Health Camps
Health Camps are a one-day healthcare outreach service for Older People’s Associations. Health camps provide both a basic health checkup and education on disease prevention.
Common health issues that older people experience include hypertension, joint pain, muscle pain, diabetes, visual impairments, stroke, and stomach aches. In Cambodia, older men and women often do not utilize local health center facilities due to factors that include distance and expense. Older people usually prefer to receive home visits from a local paetchhnoul practicing traditional medicine.
In 2014, HelpAge had sponsored 150 digital blood pressure devices and distributed to 135 village health volunteers and 12 health center staff along with the delivery of training on aging and non-communicable diseases including blood pressure monitoring to 182 participants (119 men and 63 women) which insists of village health support group, health center staff, and OPAs committee from the 57 target villages in Battambang and Banteay Meanchey Provinces.
There are 234 health camps have been conducted across 39 villages in Battambang and Banteay Meanchey provinces. Each OPA administers the health camp in their village, facilitated by local commune health center staff and village health support group volunteers.
At the health camp, older people learn about preventative health topics that address non-communicable diseases commonly experienced by older people, such as hypertension, cancers, diabetes, and arthritis. The community members have their blood pressure checked and receive paracetamol medication and vitamins. In the afternoon, the health center staff conducts private consultations at the homes of frail and sick older people.
Health camps promote active and healthy aging for all older people and their households. Community members feel confident they can take ownership of their health by applying their new knowledge in preventing and treating diseases.