Healing Hearts in Volunteering Across the Border

Healing Hearts in Volunteering Across the Border

Dr. Lam Kar Yeung (Eason) is a registered Chinese medicine practitioner in Hong Kong. Driven by his strong passion for the underprivileged, he applies medical knowledge actively to help the needy elderly and children in Mainland China.

Several years ago, Dr. Lam teamed up with other likeminded Chinese medicine practitioners and organized regular medical missions to remote mountainous areas in Qingyuan, to provide local people with medical check-up and treatment as well as basic health care knowledge.

From the experience gained in treating children with behavioral disorders, especially those with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), in Hong Kong, it has been found that a combination treatment of acupuncture and various learning programs would be more effective than using one single treatment alone in terms of healing efficiency and enhancing learning ability. In 2011, Dr. Lam and his team started the Xi’an City Chang’an Children’s Hospital Voluntary Medical Service Project. The Children Behavioral Disorders Charity Integrated Chinese Medical Centre, established under the Project, began operation in 2013 and provides free follow-up medical services to local children suffering from behavioral disorders. Depending on individual conditions, these young patients receive a mixed treatment of Chinese medicine, acupuncture, massage and various therapies such as, painting, music, speech, aroma and cognitive therapy, to enhance their self-care ability and development.

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For sustainable development, Dr. Lam trained local medical professionals and volunteers in Xi’an. He also led regular volunteering missions to the Centre. The Centre treats children with cerebral palsy, intellectual development disorders, ADHD, ASD and other behavioral issues and improves their social skills for assimilation into society. There are positive feedbacks from the parents who saw noticeable improvements in their children after treatment. This is a great inspiration to Dr. Lam and his team.

Dr. Lam’s outstanding contribution in volunteering won him the 6th Hong Kong Volunteer Award in 2015 organized by Agency for Volunteer Service (AVS).

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