Philanthropy CAMBODIA

Love of Humanity

Issue 1

"Do for others what you would like them to do for you."

Consonant with its mission statement, Swan Urology supports charitable organisations and philanthropic work to improve human and social welfare. It is hoped that these donations of time, talent and treasure will make life better for others and contribute to the greater good.


Cambodia is a Southeast Asian country with a population of 16.5 million. It was occupied by the Japanese in WWII, North Vietnamese in 1970 and communist Khmer Rouge in 1975. A peace accord was reached in 1991, after at least 1.5 million people perished during the Pol Pot regime.

On the eve of the Fall of Phnom Penh to the Khmer Rouge on April 16, 1975 as night fell, thousands of people streamed towards the center of Phnom Penh on Monivong Boulevard. Roland Neveu—LightRocket/Getty Images

Although Cambodia has made significant progress in economic growth and health indicators, it remains one of the poorest countries in the world. Access to health care remains limited, especially in rural areas.

About 18% live below the national poverty line of AUD $3.80 per day

Mission Work

Phnom Penh 2000

During our first medical mission trip with the Damansara Utama Methodist Church, we treated minor respiratory, gastrointestinal, infective and musculoskeletal ailments with basic medications. In these villages, families of 6-10 lived in “houses” no bigger than a bedroom, without electricity, using community wells for water and drop toilets. Malnourished children played barefoot in muddy creeks, whilst parents laboured for hours in the fields.

Siam Reap 2016-2018

In subsequent visits, we provided primary health care and education to villagers as part of a volunteer team of medical, dental, nursing and allied health professionals.

Local town people lining up to be seen by the philanthropic doctors in Cambodia
Villagers waiting patiently for their turn to see the doctor or dentist
Doctor helping to perform basic medical procedures in underprivileged Cambodian communities
Doctors performing injections for knee or shoulder arthritis
Dentists helping to clean teeth in a rural town in Cambodia
Dentist providing oral care and tooth extractions
Doctors performing surgery on a underprivileged young boy in Cambodia
“This is the first time in 30 years, that I am able to lie down flat on my back!”
Elderly lady after removal of a dermoid cyst the size of an orange.
A philanthropic dentist showing school children how to brush their teeth in Cambodia
Team members showing village kids how to use their new toothbrushes
Young children learning about the benefits of hygiene in Cambodia
Children doing art and craft whilst parents receive treatment