A joint team of dentists from four nations worked together to
provide healthy smiles for local residents in Cambodia July 31.
United States, Cambodian, Australian and
Peruvian dentists teamed up at a medical civic actions project (MEDCAP)
at Hun Sen Cheungkor School in Sihanoukville to provide dental care
as part of Pacific Partnership 2012.
Royal Australian Navy dentist Lt. Cmdr. Cate Galloway said it has
been a pleasure interacting with everyone.
“Working in partnership is what this mission is all about and it has
been a great learning experience overall,” she said.
Over the course of the five-day MEDCAP, 10 different dentists and 21
different dental assistants switched out to make a dynamic team.
“This MEDCAP is unlike the others because the dental team has been
changing constantly,” Galloway said. “It has been a challenge to
develop a team flow, but on the positive side, we have been able to
work with different people and gain a lot more experience through
Although the team was constantly changing, they have been able to
treat a steady flow of patients by providing tooth extractions,
cleaning, dental education, and general examinations.
Cambodian Army Maj. Chhun Sochet, a Cambodian military dentist, said
the MEDCAP was a major success.
“Every day we receive 100 to 150 patients,” he said. “I feel like
this has been a wonderful success because we did a good
collaborative job and the team from the ship and each country were
able to treat a large number of people.”
The dental care provided is a part of a larger spectrum of care
provided at PP12 MEDCAPs, which includes family medicine, optometry,
pediatrics, field laboratory work, and basic surgery.
All care provided comes at no cost to the patient or community.
Now in its seventh year, Pacific Partnership is an annual U.S.
Pacific Fleet humanitarian and civic assistance mission U.S.
military, host and partner nations, non-governmental organizations
and international agencies designed to build stronger relationships
and disaster response capabilities in the Asia-Pacific region.