Public Health Outreach in Impoverished Areas of Cambodia: Addressing the Issues Related to Prescription Practices




Cambodia, drug information leaflet, health check-up, outreach activities, public health internship, Public Health, Prescription Practices, Polypharmacy, Medication Misuse, Non-Communicable Diseases, Health Outreach, Poverty Areas, Health Check-ups, Drug Information Services, Patient Education as Topic, Medication Adherence, Health Literacy, Drug Prescriptions, Community Health Services, Medication Therapy Management, Health Promotion, International Cooperation, Health Services Accessibility, Pharmacies


During a two-week public health internship organized by Projects Abroad in impoverished areas in Cambodia, the authors participated in health check-ups and outreach activities. We identified issues such as polypharmacy and medication misuse. These problems stem from symptom-based prescriptions without considering individual patient conditions due to limited diagnostic equipments and medications. Our solution involved suggesting a documentation akin to Japan's prescription record books, and Drug Information Leaflets (DILs). Prescription record books would enable patients to record the medications they purchased at the pharmacy, so that physicians would know what medications patients are taking during their health checkups, and thus  prevent polypharmacy. In addition, the DILs included medication details and illustrations, considering the low literacy rates in the areas. We emphasized the need for sustained non-communicable diseases (NCDs) treatment and the potential of external perspectives to introduce innovative healthcare approaches and improvements within local communities.


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The image depicts a makeshift health check-up station outdoors in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. It's staffed by medical interns, as indicated by the presence of medical supplies and equipment on a table, such as blood pressure cuffs and a stethoscope. An elderly woman with gray hair, wearing a mask and a traditional patterned dress, is interacting with a medical intern. Other interns in the background are busy attending to patients or organizing supplies. The setting appears informal, with the focus on providing basic health services to the local community.


2023-11-21 — Updated on 2024-04-12

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Iba, C., Namba, M., Kaneda, Y., & Ando, T. (2024). Public Health Outreach in Impoverished Areas of Cambodia: Addressing the Issues Related to Prescription Practices. International Journal of Medical Students, 12(1), 100–102.

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