Dr Kim Frumar’s Legacy Continues In Cambodia

 

The recent advances in ophthalmic philanthropy by Cambodian International Sight Association (CISA) is a testament to the continued efforts of Australian doctors in Cambodia. Their educational approach in under-served communities has had a lasting impact on health and sustainability.

The organizations hard work has been well supported by the Cambodian volunteers, government and the royal family. In August 2016, CISA finished 300 operations in Cambodia in three (3) days, providing the gift of sight to people from the village of Phnom Penh in the Chhay Areng Valley. CISA in association with Wildlife Alliance have worked hard to uphold the values of CISA co-founder, late Dr Kim Frumar. Dr Kim Frumar was a North Shore Ophthalmologist who operated at Chatswood Private Hospital’s original facility, Ophthalmic Surgery Centre for many years. Sadly, Dr Frumar passed away in April 2016.

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CISA has also gone above and beyond to organize a first of its kind, medical conference in Cambodia. It will be attended by 100 local doctors and seven (7) ophthalmic presenters. This event provides local doctors with the opportunity to learn the valuable skills to cater to the needs of their people. The education received will have a lasting impact on the wellbeing of the community, reinforcing late Dr Kim Frumar’s vision.

Sophany Touch, WA CBET Program Manager said, ‘’Our Partnership with CISA to improve rural living conditions by providing medical assistance to the under-served communities has a direct impact on the health of the forest in which they live in’’. This holistic approach by CISA in association with Wildlife Alliance has encouraged the locals of Phnom Penh to engage in an insightful and educated approach towards solving significant local issues surrounding health and the environment.

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The Chhay Areng Valley is isolated and situated deep in the forest of the Southern Cardamom Mountains. Due to its remoteness, the residents from these three communities of Prolay, Chumnoap and Thmar Donpov do not have access to health facilities. Such programs and events conducted by CISA play a key role in enhancing the living conditions of such localities.CISA1
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