Following a medical humanitarian mission in October 2008, in particular on the floating villages of Tonle Sap Lake in Cambodia, one of the poorest places in the world, many doctors from the region of Caen who were involved in this mission, proposed the very interesting idea to do an epidemiological study on these floating villages.
This study aims to explore and underline a possible correlation between dental caries and malnutrition. This malnutrition has already been recognized on several occasions but not studied in depth.
The results of this study will be published at the top level (WHO) if the results were significant, of course.
Following this study, the project is to make villagers from floating villages produce a food supplement based on fish bones (they do not have much, but they have it in quantity ...) because it is very rich in calcium.
In order to realize this study, 3 medical students (4th year) of the university of Nantes, Maria, Zoe and Clementine are currently in Cambodia.
They have just finished this collection of information, very difficult to do because they spent 9 days in the floating villages and in harsh sanitary and physical conditions, the rainy season having just started.
Indeed, they have lived under the same conditions as this poor population.
They will then continue their journey with an internship in the hospital of Phnom Penh , jointly signed with their college and as part of their studies.
Publication : June 2009