Medical Ministry International in Cambodia
Medical Ministry International’s first project to Cambodia was in 1999. Our projects have been exclusively small surgical teams. Our principal partner has been with Southern Baptist missionaries who have established a medical care program in the country. We will continue to take teams to Cambodia and pray God will illuminate our path as we determine what our future development in the country should be.
Allan B. Melicor, M.D., Asia
Dr. Allan B. Melicor is a General, Cancer and Laparoscopic Surgeon serving with Medical Ministry International as a Project Director throughout Asia. Allan was trained in the Philippines, U.S.A., U.K., and Japan. He lives with his wife Blessie, an RN, and son Allen Paul in the Philippines. They were introduced to Medical Ministry International in 1993 when a surgical team went to the Philippines. After volunteering that year, Allan has continued to host projects at the Bethel Baptist Hospital in Bukidnon, Aklan Baptist Hospital, Leyte Baptist Hospital & Leyte Province, Palawan Baptist Hospital and in North and South Palawan, the Tboli Evangelical Clinic and various places in Northern Philippines, as well as in Nepal, Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Dr Eliseo"Jun" Garcia, Jr
Dr. Eliseo"Jun" Garcia, Jr is a General Surgeon in the Philippines serving with Medical Ministry International and assisting Dr. Melicor throughout Asia. Jun has served as Project Director for the August 2017 project in Cambodia with Dr. Melicor serving as Medical Director.
Baray, Kompong Thom
Baray is a rural district in the province of Kompong Thom, central Cambodia, situated along the highway that runs between the capital city of Phnom Penh in the south and the city of Siem Reap in the north. Baray district has a population of 159,000 (2002 statistics) and mostly work as farmers. Most of the population live in wooden homes that are built along the highway on top of rice paddies. Many people live with poverty and rely on their own agricultural produce for food. There are no factories in the area. There is a river that crosses the main town of Kompong Thom, which is also many people's source of fish.
* Project Description: The surgical projects serve one of the poorest districts in Central Cambodia. Surgical services are almost non-existent in the village of Baray. Each year, MMI sends one of the only major surgical teams that comes to the area. We have encouraged local doctors and medical personnel join and even assist the team. This provides opportunities for them to observe how the procedures are done, how to observe sterile techniques and infection control in the conduct of the surgery. Local nurses are also given opportunities to observe how surgical nursing is done and most especially, the conduct of post operative and recovery nursing care.
Ranges from -2m (-6 ft) to 418 m (1371 ft)
The average August temperature ranges from a high of 32°C (90°F) to a low of 24°C (75°F)
Sihanoukville, Kampong Saom
Sihanoukville is a coastal city in Cambodia and the capital city of Sihanoukville Province, at the tip of an elevated peninsula in the country's south-west on the Gulf of Thailand. The city had a population of around 89,800 people and approximately 66,700 in its urban center in 2008. As a result of its economic diversity, the region's natural environment, and the recreational potential, an increasing number of seasonal and permanent foreign residents make Sihanoukville one of the most culturally varied and dynamic population centers in Cambodia. Infrastructure problems persist, in particular related to water and power supply, while international standard health facilities remain limited. The urban area suffers from polluted water supplies which render tap water non-potable. Waste management policies and practices are deficient or lacking altogether.
Cambodia still has one of the worst health statuses in Asia, although the situation is slowly changing for the better. The public health system has suffered from war and neglect and has had serious difficulties meeting the health needs of the population. Some government hospitals and other health units have been rehabilitated so that they are autonomous entities, staffed with qualified personnel. This has led to a significant increase in the utilization of health services. The water supply is a large problem; rivers and streams are common sources of drinking water and of water for cooking. These water sources are often the same ones used for bathing, washing clothes, and disposing of waste products. Adequate sewage disposal is nonexistent in most rural and suburban areas. Local pharmacies provide a limited supply of prescription medications, but the quality of locally obtained medications varies greatly.
Sihanoukville lies in the Tropical monsoon climate zone. The city has two seasons: a wet season and a dry season. The average August temperature ranges from a high of 32°C (90°F) to a low of 24°C (75°F).
Travelling on a Project
Entry & Exit Requirements
Travellers must present a passport valid for a minimum of six months beyond the date of entry into Cambodia. Tourist visas are required and can be obtained at a Cambodian embassy abroad, upon arrival at the airports in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, or at certain land borders. Tourist visas allow entry to Cambodia for 30 days only, counting from the date of entry. When issued outside Cambodia, visas have an expiry date, which refers to the date by which the visa must be used, not the length of time allowed in the country. Travellers must pay a fee of US$30 for tourist visas (cash only) and provide two passport-sized photos. Contact the nearest embassy or consulate of Cambodia or visit the Embassy of the Kingdom of Cambodia website for the most current visa information.
Important: An onward or return ticket and proof of sufficient funds are required to visit Cambodia.
• Americans: Cambodia offers on-line visa processing. You may also apply in person at the Cambodian Embassy located at 4530 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20011, tel. 202-726-7742, fax 202-726-8381. Cambodian immigration officials at airports now collect fingerprints upon entry using an inkless, electronic process. The US Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to Cambodia.
For more information, see the US State Department website:
• Canadians: Please check the following website for the most current entry/exit requirements:
• International: Please contact MMI office or Raptim Humanitarian Travel for visa requirement if needed.
Please email ALL CREDENTIALS upon application, as these must go to the Project Director in the country to be translated and then taken to the Ministry of Health to get temporary licenses prior to your arrival.
• For everyone, we need:
- Colour Scan / Photocopy of Passport (photo page)
- Colour photo for your name badge (any good photo, we can adjust size)
- Travel Itinerary
- Supply Lists
• Medical Professionals, we also need your:
- Current License (through time of project)
- Diploma (Techs, Nursing, Dental, MD and Board Certifications)
- Curriculum Vitae or Resume (this also will help the Project Director know your skills & experience to assign you a task on the project, especially for 1st time participants)
• Health Care Students: Letter of Good Standing from your school (including year of study and graduation date).
• All MINORS travelling with only one parent, or without their parents, will need a letter from BOTH parents stating that it is OK for the child to travel with one parent or an appointed guardian. The letter should be signed and notarized. MMI needs a copy of this letter, and the parent or guardian should carry the orignial letter while travelling.
Once you have been accepted on the project, you can contact our designated travel agency to arrange your travel and coordinate your arrival the team.
Raptim Humanitarian Travel: www.raptim.org
• US Applicants: Travel costs are arranged directly with the travel agent and are in addition to the Participant Project Donation.
Contact our “Serve Team 2”: ServeTeam2.email@example.com
Direct Toll Free: 1-844-882-3233 and ask for the agents by name or extension.
Lead Agents – Claudia (ext. 13302), or Michael (ext. 15004).
• Canadian Applicants: Donations to MMI for travel are in addition to the Participant Project Donation.
Contact our “We Partner” team: firstname.lastname@example.org
905-465-4300 or Toll Free: 1-844-442-6978 & ask for the agents by name.
Lead Agents - Anca (ext. 32327), or Connie (ext. 31771).
• International Applicants: Travel arrangement can be procured locally or following the Canadian instructions above.
• Airport: Phnom Penh International Airport (PNH), Phnom Penh, Cambodia
We strongly recommend that you consult a travel clinic, as they are aware of outbreaks and can suggest preventative immunizations. All routine immunizations should be up-to-date. Please check the following website for the most current information.
• Americans: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/cambodia
• Canadians: http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/tmp-pmv/countries-pays/country-pays-eng.php?id=377
Accommodations and Meals
MMI will arrange local accommodations for the team.
• Laundry Service: usually available for additional fee
• AC: dependent on location
• Phone Service: check with your cell phone provider, roaming is very expensive
• Wifi/Internet: dependent on locations
• Voltage: 220V(adaptor and converter required).
• Meals: MMI will provide meals for the team. Dietary restrictions can be indicated on your application and we will do our best to accommodate your needs. Be sure to bring your own re-usable water bottle with a wide mouth for refilling. Purified water is supplied. If you would like to bring snacks to have throughout the day, please bring items such as peanut butter, granola bars, trail mix or pretzels and crackers in sealable containers (like Ziploc bags).
• Language: Khmer (official) 96.3%, other 3.7%
- Buddhist (official): 96.9%
- Muslim: 1.9%
- Christian: 0.4%
- Other: 0.8%
• Government: Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy
The money in Cambodia is called the Cambodian Riel (KHR). MMI staff will help you exchange money. All major credit cards are accepted - Visa and MasterCard the most widely accepted (make sure to call your credit card company and let them know that you’ll be traveling internationally). Traveler’s cheques are not easily cashed. You must bring US dollars in good condition. Torn, stamped or old bills will not be exchanged. $100 bills older than 2006 are also not accepted.
Cambodia, officially known as the Kingdom of Cambodia, is a sovereign state located in the southern portion of the Indochina peninsula in Southeast Asia. The majority of its people are Khmers, whose ancestors lived during the great Angkor civilization. The landscape of modern Cambodia is characterized by its numerous temples, monuments, churches, reservoirs, old roads, bridges, and agricultural waterways.
The temple of Angkor Wat is the largest and most prominent among the thousands of "prasats," or temples, sprawling all over the country. Around 380,000 laborers and 4,000 elephants are said to have toiled for more than 30 years to complete the structural marvel.
Agriculture is the traditional mainstay of the Cambodian economy, and rice is the principal commodity. Cambodia is seeking to shift its economy into more sophisticated light manufacturing, such as electronics and auto-parts.
Southeastern Asia, bordering the Gulf of Thailand, between Thailand, Vietnam, and Laos
13 00 N, 105 00 E
Laos, Thailand, Vietnam
Mostly low, flat plains; mountains in southwest and north
12 nautical miles
Tropical; rainy, monsoon season (May to November); dry season (December to April); little seasonal temperature variation
Gulf of Thailand - 0 m
Phnum Aoral - 1,810 m