We all have one of the most important supplies needed to sustain human life. Blood!
Author: Evie from mumpacktravel.com
As travellers and tourists I think most of us are aware of the importance of traveling responsibly and do our best to contribute to the communities we meet and visit during our adventures.
There are many ways we can help – like eating local, being aware of where our money goes, and visiting smaller family or community- owned and run restaurants and businesses.
There are other ways we can contribute that don’t cost money. Although in this case it will take some blood and possibly sweat and tears.
Yes, I’m talking about donating blood. Yes your real actual blood. Many hospitals in Asia are under-resourced and lack essential equipment, expertise (let’s not forget the time a doctor checked my ear to see if my eardrum had burst – with the IPHONE TORCH!) and supplies.
The Khmer Rouge wiped out more than 50% of Cambodia’s doctors during 1975-1979, and those who escaped death fled to Europe. Cambodia was left with very little in medical facilities, services, training and expertise. It has one of the highest infant mortality rates in South East Asia – one in every 29 children will die before their 5th birthday; poverty and a lack of access to health care contribute to preventable child illness and death [source: Angkor Hospital for Children].
Many Cambodians live on around $1 a day – and the Angkor Hospital for Children treats kids from around Cambodia whether their family can pay or not, and reimburses them transport costs should they need it.
And we all have one of the most important supplies needed to sustain human life. Blood!
While we were in Siem Reap I found that I could give blood at the Angkor Children’s Hospital and I was really keen to do it. Their donations have been going down over the past few years and with only 1200 or so people donating each year – out of almost 5,000,000 tourists – there is a lot of room and a lot of need for more. Our new friend Patsy from the Philippines was keen to donate too (yay Patsy) so we wandered down to the hospital one morning.
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