News: Vulnerable children in Cambodia helped by returning Fellow
Published: 13 Dec 2017
A Cambodian charity for vulnerable children and young people has received a new health facility from a charity set up by Churchill Fellow Professor Andrew Rowland, who first visited the area on his 2014 Fellowship.
Andrew’s charity SicKids has donated a special sensory space where children’s senses are developed through special lighting, music, tactile objects and a calming environment. It will be housed at M’Lop Tapang, a non-profit organisation that Andrew visited during his Fellowship and has helped ever since.
M’Lop Tapang is based in Sihanoukville, an area of Cambodia with high levels of poverty where children are at increased risk of health problems. The sensory room will help the high numbers of these children with conditions related to developmental delay.
For his Fellowship Andrew (pictured above, right, with Dr Bratati Bose-Haider, who accompanied SicKids’ visit to Cambodia) travelled to Cambodia, Singapore, Malaysia and the USA, to research safeguarding and emergency medicine systems for vulnerable children.
Andrew’s Fellowship prompted him to found SicKids, a charity working to ensure children and young people in the north-west of England and south-east Asia grow up healthy and safe from abuse, exploitation and trafficking. The Fellowship also led to Andrew becoming a board member of M’Lop Tapang.
In the video below, Andrew talks about how his Fellowship inspired much of his subsequent work, as well as his partnership with M’Lop Tapang, and what the UK can learn from Cambodia about child protection and healthcare.