In March 2012 the Surgical Center was handed over to local health authorities.
Cambodia suffered a little known war that killed almost two million people in just a few years. Now, there is a post-war situation that is anything but post-war since six million landmines still patiently wait for their victims.
Estimates suggest that there are between 8 to 10 million landmines in Cambodia and that 1 in 236 people have been injured by a landmine. Less than 25% of the population has access to healthcare facilities and no healthcare is available free of charge. The medical system in Cambodia is one of the worst in Asia, a result of Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge Regime's persecution and execution of professionals--including medical professionals.
In 1998, in Battambang, one of the most heavily mined areas of the country, EMERGENCY built a Surgical Center dedicated to the victims of war and landmines. Soon after, hospital services were extended from war surgery to emergency and trauma surgery.
In Samlot, a heavily mined area on the border with Thailand, EMERGENCY opened five First Aid Posts and two mobile clinics in order to treat victims of landmines as well as those suffering from diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis and typhoid, which would otherwise be left untreated.
Since 1998, EMERGENCY has treated over 390,008 people in Cambodia.