After the Khmer Rouge decimated this country, Cambodia was left with a mere 50 doctors who survived – and it has taken much rebuilding to restore a health care system for the people.
It is estimated that 3 million people were killed, out of a population of just over 8 million in Cambodia, during the years between 1963 until 1997.
With sobering statistics like 1 in 77 children in Cambodian dying before their fifth birthday, the essential work of Angkor Hospital For Children is immense.
Since 1999 it has developed into a pediatric teaching unit and Cambodia’s first, provided more than one million medical treatments, education to thousands of Cambodian health workers and prevention training to thousands of families.
Many of the 500 to 600 patients seen daily travel from far and wide, arriving on the bus, the backs of motorbikes or any means possible to receive free medical care. The hospital helps support those who can’t afford the money with travel costs, food, sleeping materials and provides basic on-site cooking facilities for families. The queues are long as Cambodian families wait their turn for medical help for their children.
Renowned Japanese photographer Kenro Izu first visited Cambodia in 1993 to photograph the magnificent Angkor Wat. Cambodia was struggling to emerge from the brutal Khmer Rouge regime and Kenro was deeply touched by the resilient children he met during his trip.
He realized he could not leave Cambodia without doing something for these impoverished children he had seen and captured from behind the lens. Kenro Izu founded a non-profit organization called Friends Without a Border (FWAB). 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.
Today, 98% of Angkor Hospital for Children staff are Cambodian, which makes up 500+ employees. Our medical team is made up of 70 doctors, 200 nurses and other medical staff both local.
Angkor Hospital For Children also welcomes volunteers from all over the world: volunteers contribute to research, conduct hands-on and theoretical training, supervise specialty programs, like anesthesiology, cardiology and other specialized areas.
Medical students from around the world come to learn about children’s health care in developing countries in a structured program. These students are able to receive credit at their home institutions for studying at Angkor Hospital for Children – plus gives them a unique experience which only comes with being a volunteer.
AHC also runs a Satellite Clinic 35 kilometers outside of Siem Reap, in partnership with the government hospital. This is to try to enable the most impoverished and more rural dwellers access to basic healthcare provisions.
AHC also implements programs in schools, local communities and regional health centers to help strengthen the existing health care provision, and in clear recognition that education helps with prevention.
How Can I Help?
The hospital is non-profit and operates entirely on donations.
You can help with your time, donations, giving blood or participating in the Angkor Wat Marathon and any help is gratefully accepted.
The hospital is located in Siem Reap with a Visitor Centre for those in town with an interest in learning more about their life-saving work and how they can help.
Please visit our website or telephone us:
International (+855) (0) 63-963409
Local (0) 63-963409
For more information about volunteering in Siem Reap visit our Volunteer Section and find out how you can help.