The field work began in 2005 as part of medical activity at Prey Veng Hospital in which Dr Patrick Jouhaud was involved.
In 2006 and 2007, Dr Jouhaud ran a training programme for the medical staff in the maternity of these hospitals. A conference on this theme was given to the International Congress of the Medical University of Phnom Penh in November 2008.
The same year, Dr Roudel joined Dr Jouhaud on a first osteopathic assignment for children at the ASPECA orphanage of Prey Veng. This assignment was renewed in 2010.
In partnership with the association “Children of Asia – ASPECA” and Dr Sin, it was possible to provide children from orphanages in Phnom Penh with osteopathic treatment in 2012. Dr Van Acker also participated in this action.
In 2013, following a further assignment, these three Osteopathic Doctors decided to create docOSTEOcam.
It was then that a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as a MoU with the Ministry of Health were concluded, thus signing the official recognition of the NGO in Cambodia.
Since 2008, several thousand osteopathic treatments have been given by docOSTEOcam volunteers.
There are now about forty of them, all of them Graduate Osteopaths.
The field actions take place twice a year, either in Phnom Penh or in the provinces.
A consultation clinic is permanently open in Phnom Penh.
In addition to these care sessions, docOSTEOcam has the opportunity to transmit osteopathic “know-how”.
A teaching program is being set up with the signing of agreements, in partnership with:
- The Cambodian Circus School (Circus Lighthouse),
- The Calmette Hospital where three seminars per year are organized,
- The University of Health Sciences as part of the International Program.
What the NGO docOSTEOcam is doing fully integrates the notion of sustainable development with the objective of social assistance and the transmission of knowledge.