in 2018, Dr Hargreave traveled to Cambodia where he took part in a charity project run by the Buddhist Library Cambodia Project.
Around 35% of Cambodia's population lives below the poverty line, providing a huge strain on state medical facilities, with many patients not being able to access healthcare in a timely manner, if at all.
Most of the population can't afford to be treated privately resulting in delayed (if any) treatment and complications.
Volunteer dentistry projects help to reach patients through a private dental clinic in Phnom Penh, providing them with so needed dental care, oral health education and supplies of toothbrushes and toothpaste. For many patients, these volunteers are the first dental professional they have ever seen.
"It is not my first time in Kampot - about 6 hours out of Phnom penh, and each experience is absolutely amazing in so many different ways. This time I met some utterly wonderful people in my short time there, both volunteers and locals. The pure joy I felt provided by my ability to make a difference in the children's lives... The gratitude was astounding, they were just happy to be there and be given the care they needed. This really is a transforming trip and I highly recommend it for anyone looking for a cross-cultural volunteer opportunity." - said Dr Hargreave.
If you are interested in supporting this project please visit https://buddhistlibrary.org.au/cambodia-project/