The NEW Mercy Women’s Health Care Program
Cambodia has the highest rate of cervical cancer in Asia. The virus that causes this cancer is widely spread in Cambodia in part due to rampant trafficking of women. It is the number one cause of cancer related death in women under 50 years old. We have lost count of the number of young women with young children who have come to MMC with terminal cervical cancer. Yet, this cancer is almost completely preventable with proper training and screening!
Dr. Judy Norman is a missionary gynecologist who has completed her language training and is now fully focused on MMC ministry. Through frustration, tears, and prayer over this tragic situation, Judy and the MMC leadership team feel called to start a Women’s Health Care Program at MMC. There are three aspects to the program.
SCREENING: First, we are teaching our Cambodian medical staff various methods of cervical cancer screening that are quick and cost effective, therefore available for our poor rural patients.
TRAINING: In another year we would like to extend the program as a one year women’s health fellowship. Each year we have 2-3 family practice physicians graduate from the current residency program. Interested graduates will be invited to stay an extra year for focused teaching on women’s health issues prevalent in Cambodia, including cervical cancer prevention and treatment, before they are sent out to practice as compassionate Christian physicians around the country.
COMMUNITY EDUCATION: Finally, we would like to open a women’s health care center where we can reach out to the greater community with women’s health education days, as well as invite Cambodian physicians to come for teaching on cervical cancer prevention.
In addition to saving many lives and improving the physical health of Cambodian women, the Mercy Women’s Health Care Program at MMC will give us even more opportunities to fulfill our primary mission of proclaiming the Gospel in both word and deed. Please pray for this program! Pray that this program will open up new opportunities to share the Gospel, especially with vulnerable women in Cambodia. Pray for the future Christian Cambodian physicians who will be trained and sent out by this program to love others in Jesus’ name with these new skills.