School of Health Sciences
Biology: Biomedical Sciences
Cambodia, rural, malaria, tuberculosis
DeHart, Ciera, "Health Concerns in Cambodia Compounded by Historical and Rural Setbacks" (2020). Senior Honors Theses. 967.
Cambodia is a country in the Greater Mekong Subregion of Southeast Asia. The Khmer Rouge genocide in the mid 1970s produced significant setbacks in the nation’s healthcare system. While much progress has been made, rural areas still lack access to medical professionals, facilities, and equipment. Three of the most problematic diseases in Cambodia have been malaria, HIV, and tuberculosis. Due to the inadequacies of rural healthcare, treatment-resistant varieties of malaria and tuberculosis have become a serious concern for both the nation and Southeast Asia as a whole. The question of how to best provide aid to these isolated communities is characterized by complex and multifaceted discussions that seek to bring Cambodia to a place of greater health.