We believe every child has the right to a healthy and loving life.

We accomplish this by providing free, international-quality compassionate medical care to the children of Southeast Asia; by creating community health education programs; and by training local healthcare professionals.

What We Do:

At Friends Without A Border, we promote sustainable solutions to healthcare in developing countries through the model of “Treatment + Education + Prevention,” by:

            Providing high-quality medical care to children in a compassionate environment.

            Providing continuing education to health care professionals throughout Southeast Asia and stimulating research to develop sound healthcare practices.

           Improving the health, nutrition and hygiene of local communities through outreach programs and homecare.

 
Our Story
:

World-renowned Japanese photographer Kenro Izu first visited Cambodia in 1993 to photograph the Angkor Wat monuments. During his travels, he often encountered ill and malnourished children, many missing arms and legs due to landmines and other unexploded ordnances. After witnessing a young girl die in front of his very eyes, simply because her father could not afford $2, Kenro decided to take action and give back to the very country that inspired his photographic journey.

Friends was founded in 1996 with the mission to provide compassionate medical care to children in Southeast Asia. After years of planning and gathering support from donors, photographers, and friends around the world, Friends opened Angkor Hospital for Children (AHC) in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Since that time, AHC has treated over 1.6 million children, trained hundreds of healthcare professionals, and is considered “one of only three essential healthcare institutions” in the entire country as stated by a Cambodian Health Minister.

Opened with just an Outpatient Department, AHC has grown to a full service hospital that includes: Inpatient & Outpatient Departments, Low Acuity Unit, Emergency Room, Triage, Intensive Care Unit, Surgery Ward, Heart Surgery, Dental Clinic, Eye Clinic, and a Satellite Clinic in the Sot Nikum District of Cambodia. To learn more about the treatment we provide in Cambodia, visit Treatment.

In January of 2013, Friends and AHC celebrated a long-held goal as Izu handed over a green, heart-shaped “key to the hospital” to the passionate and dedicated staff of AHC, transitioning Angkor Hospital for Children to 100% local management. At the same time, Friends decided to expand its mission of helping the children of Southeast Asia into another country: Laos.

On February 11th, 2015 Friends celebrated the grand opening of a new pediatric hospital in Luang Prabang, Laos called Lao Friends Hospital for Children (LFHC). On opening day, the staff of LFHC treated 47 children in the Outpatient Department, and have seen an average of 55 children each day since.

In the first year of operations, LFHC treated nearly 20,000 children – offering Outpatient, Inpatient, Emergency Room, Pharmacy, Laboratory, and Radiology services. 2016 marks the opening of the Neonatal Unit, as well as the Surgical Theater, which greatly expands the reach of services available to provide for children in Laos. Visit Laos to learn more.

1993

Kenro Izu first visits Cambodia to photograph the Angkor temples and witnesses the suffering of Cambodian children on subsequent trips.

1996

Friends Without A Border founded in New York and Tokyo

Land for Angkor Hospital for Children granted by Governor of Siem Reap

1998

Medical training begins

1999

Angkor Hospital for Children opens

2002

Capacity Building and Health Education Program (CBHEP) begins in Cambodia

2004

Inauguration of Medical Education Center attended by His Excellency, Prime Minister Samduch Hun Sen

2005

AHC is officially recognized as an official teaching hospital and its land guaranteed by a 50-year agreement with the Cambodian Ministry of Health

2006

Former US President Bill Clinton visits and tours AHC

2010

AHC Satellite Clinic opens in the Sot Nikum District

2011

One millionth patient treated at AHC

2013

AHC becomes an independent self-managed hospital

2013

Ground breaking ceremony for Lao Friends Hospital for Children

2014

Baseline Medical Survey (BMS) begins in Luang Prabang province, Laos

2014

Medical and English language training begins for LFHC staff

2014

Kenro Izu awarded World of Children Award

2015

Lao Friends Hospital for Children opens

2015

Outpatient Services Begin at LFHC

2015

10,000th patient treated at LFHC

2016

Friends Without A Border celebrates its 20th Anniversary and names Yo-Yo Ma as Goodwill Ambassador

2016

Surgery Department & Neonatal Unit Open at LFHC