Angkor Hospital for Children

Angkor Hospital for Children (AHC) is a non-profit pediatric teaching hospital that provides free, high-quality, and compassionate health care to children in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Founded by Friends Without A Border in 1999, the hospital has provided medical care and health education to over 1.5 million children across Cambodia.

The Story:

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Kenro at Angkor Wat, 1996

World-renowned Japanese photographer Kenro Izu first visited Cambodia in 1993 to photograph the magnificent Angkor Temples. Kenro was deeply touched by the resilient children he met during his trip, often missing arms and legs due to landmines and other unexploded ordnances. During his stay in Cambodia, Kenro witnessed a young girl, the same age as his own daughter, die in front of his eyes – simply because her father could not afford the $2 medical bill. It was then that Kenro decided to found Friends Without A Border and give back to the very country that inspired his photographic journey.

With the help of the international art community, health care professionals, and more than 6,000 supporters from around the world, Angkor Hospital for Children opened its gates in 1999. Kenro founded Angkor Hospital for Children on the principle of building a hospital for Cambodian children, run by Cambodians. Following Friends’ model of Treatment + Education + Prevention, AHC has created a sustainable, replicable model of a healthcare institution that provides high-quality and compassionate medical care to all children, regardless of their ability to pay.

Opened with just an Outpatient Department, the hospital has developed into an internationally recognized pediatric hospital, offering services including:

  • Outpatient Department
  • Inpatient Department
  • Emergency Department
  • Intensive Care Unit
  • Dental Clinic
  • Physiotherapy
  • Social Work
  • HIV/Homecare
  • Eye care
  • Cancer Treatment
  • Radiology
  • Pharmacy
  • Neonatal Care
  • Laboratory
  • Play Therapy

The hospital also offers ancillary services including an on-site laboratory and a wide variety of medical educational programs. In 2010, AHC also opened a Satellite Clinic in partnership with the government-run Sotnikum Referral Hospital, to provide care for rural children that may not otherwise have access to the main hospital in Siem Reap.

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AHC Handover Ceremony, 2013

To accomplish the goal of sustainability, after 14 years of management, Friends Without A Border celebrated the independence of AHC as a locally-sustainable and independent hospital by handing over the “green key” to its doors. Today, 98% of Angkor Hospital for Children 500+ staff are Cambodian. The medical team is made up of 70 doctors, 200 nursing staff and 100 other medical staff members. The non-medical staff, including Development, Management and Logistics, has 137 employees and 130 support staff members.

In 2013, Angkor Hospital for Children was recognized by the Cambodian Ministry of Health as being “one of only three healthcare institutions in the entire country” that is essential to the well-being for all of Cambodia.

To learn more about Angkor Hospital for Children, please visit their website at www.angkorhospital.org.