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Improving medicines safety as a volunteer pharmacist in Cambodia

October 09, 2019 / ALDA HUMMELINCK

Cambodia remains one of the poorest countries in the world following the devastating activities of the Khmer Rouge regime of the 1970s, and the standard of its health care is variable. In 2018, I spent two weeks scoping out potential opportunities to improve patient safety at a provincial hospital in Cambodia for the charity Transform Healthcare Cambodia, which supports training and education for Khmer healthcare staff. As a pharmacist, I reviewed current medication practices, and discussions with senior clinical staff and my own observations confirmed a widespread lack of awareness of the risks associated with medicines use.