Cham Khan was 62 years old. She was a widow with 4 children and 2 grandchildren. One of her children is Mrs. Phung Kho, who is 42 years old and also a widow. They live on a farm, with 50 acres in Cheung Prey Village, Cheung Prey Commune, Batheay District of Kampong Cham Province.
Due to lack of knowledge about healthcare, hygeine and sanitation, Cham Khan became sick, and was coughing for 21 days. In 2010 NAS came to the village with their Health Straightening System project, teaching communities about health issues like TB, malaria, HIV, birth control, pregnancy and childbirth.
As a result of the education, Cham Khan was taken, by Khoum Chea, to a health centre where a saliva test was taken for TB. The result of the test showed that she did have TB. The doctor told her to take medication for 6 months, but because she felt better before that, she stopped the medication.
This meant that the problem re-occured and was very serious. She was forced to sell land in order to pay for her care and eventually passed away in May 2012
Unfortunately, the disease had transmitted to Cham Khan's daughter, Mrs. Phoun Khom and she was diagnosed in January 2012. The NAS Officer noticed the problem, so intervened and organised for her to attend the health centre and encouraged her to take her medicine properly, for the whole 6 months.
The NAS Officer helped Phung Khom to understand that the medicine should be taken for the full prescribed time, and as a result Phung Kho is now healthy and TB free.
She is also aware of steps she can take to minimise the chances of catching disease by carrying out health and hygeine practices such as hand washing and using a latrine.