The Lake Clinic

The Lake Clinic (TLC) is dedicated to bringing basic health care, disease surveillance, and proper medical referrals to a severely isolated and underserved region of Cambodia — the Tonle Sap.

Jon Morgan, former executive director of Angkor Hospital for Children, founded TLC in 2007 after witnessing the poverty and need for health care across Cambodia.

TLC operates five floating medical clinics and a small fleet of boats that provide transportation and support for two clinical teams: one on the Tonle Sap Lake and the other on the Stung Sen River.

The primary focus of TLC is to:

provide isolated villagers with health care comparable to what can be found in a well-managed health center;

mitigate the detrimental impact of preventable illnesses through early diagnosis;

provide treatment on an outpatient basis;

make referrals to a hospital (and assistance in transportation to the hospital) when necessary;

  provide health education for the communities and rural villages.

Health care for communities on the Tonle Sap can be more than 100 kilometers away and travel is possible only by boat. The average family income is roughly $2 per day, and the cost for diesel fuel alone is around $40 to $50 to reach the closest health care facility. For more information about TLC, visit www.lakeclinic.org.