FRIENDS WITHOUT A BORDER

Healing Children, Healing Asia

New York, NY   |  www.fwab.org

Mission

We believe every child has the right to a healthy and loving life. We accomplish this by providing free high-quality and compassionate medical care to the children of Southeast Asia; by creating community health education programs; and by training local healthcare professionals.

Notes from the nonprofit

It is hard to imagine that there are still places in the world where children suffer from preventable diseases such as malaria, pneumonia, and diarrhea; but it is a hard fact for many children in Lao PDR. The need for access to quality healthcare is urgent, and Friends has taken the first steps to creating a healthier future for the children of Laos.

It is our greatest hope that our new pediatric hospital, Lao Friends Hospital for Children (LFHC), will help bridge the health care gap for children in Laos.

We will replicate the philosophy of “treatment + education + prevention" that has propelled our first hospital, Angkor Hospital for Children in Cambodia, to international prominence, and adapt it for conditions in the Lao People's Democratic Republic. We will provide compassionate care in a warm, supportive environment, with the resources and tools necessary to deliver high-quality medical care while helping to improve the referral system between health centers in Laos. We will offer training to healthcare professionals from District Hospitals and Health Centers throughout Laos in addition to implement community-based education through outreach programs in surrounding districts, and integrate those programs with existing government programs and activities. It is our goal to improve the basic knowledge of health, hygiene and nutrition at the community level including maternal and neonatal care while increasing the capacity of local healthcare centers and promoting the importance of utilizing local health facilities among villagers in remote areas.

Ruling year info

1996

Founder and Honorary President

Mr. Kenro Izu

Executive Director

Mrs. Nicole Pagourgis

Main address

1123 Broadway Ste 1210

New York, NY 10010 USA

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EIN

13-3880402

NTEE code info

Hospitals and Primary Medical Care Facilities (E20)

Pediatrics (G98)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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We need to increase our fundraise capabilities to support our medical missions soundly. We put a priority to find a highly qualified Executive Director, who is experienced in development and fundraising.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Lao Friends Hospital for Children

Lao Friends Hospital for Children opened in 2015, in Luang Prabang, Laos, and now provides free medical care to an average of 100 children every day. Patients are seen for a variety of common illnesses including malnutrition and pneumonia, as well as more serious conditions that require hospitalization or surgery. All services are free to patients.

Each patient's visit is treated as an educational opportunity for preventive health, hygiene and nutrition. The Homecare/HIV program follows up with discharged patients to track recovery and prevent future disease transmission, while making such visits an opportunity to work with villages in rural communities in northern Laos promoting health awareness.

The hospital is managed by a small international team, who train and overlook a Laotian team of over 130 doctors, nurses and paramedical professionals. Regular medical and English-language training is provided to Lao staff so that they can become the future leaders of the hospital and go on to positively impact the level of pediatric care in the country.

Population(s) Served

Opened by Friends Without A Border in 1996 with just an outpatient department, AHC has expanded to a full-service, internationally-recognized pediatric hospital, with services including: an Emergency Room, Intensive Care Unit, Neonatal Unit, Outreach program, Inpatient Department, Dental Clinic, Eye Clinic, Physiotherapy Department, Radiology Department, HIV/Homecare Program, Pharmacy, Laboratory, and Social Work Unit.

In January of 2013, FWAB 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. A new, local NGO called AHC International handles the operations and management of the hospital while FWAB continues to help with fundraising efforts.

Population(s) Served

The Lake Clinic (TLC), provides medical care and health education to families living in remote and isolated areas on the Tonle Sap Lake and its tributaries in Cambodia.

TLC was founded in 2007 by Jon Morgan, the first Executive Director of Angkor Hospital for Children (1998-2006). What started as just an idea has now grown to 5 floating clinics (in 5 of 9 villages) and a small "fleet" of boats providing transport and support for two clinical teams--one on the Tonle Sap Lake, and the other team working on the Stung Sen River. TLC’s boat-based clinics represent the only sustained attempt at delivering care, treatment, and prevention to thousands of families without access to traditional land-based health centers.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

WORLD OF CHILDREN HEALTH AWARD 2014

WORLD OF CHILDREN

Affiliations & memberships

WORLD OF CHILDREN HEALTH AWARD 2014

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

Lao Friends Hospital for Children

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Limited to the numbers of patients seen. Number of visits are 10,671 in 2015, 16,247 for 2016, 20,916 for 2017 and 31,273 for 2018.

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Friends Without A Border aims to build a healthier future for children in Southeast Asia.

Our strategy is based on a “Treatment + Prevention + Education" model.
We provide free high-quality and compassionate medical care to under-served children in Southeast Asia, giving them the chance to live a happy and healthy life.
We deliver health and preventive education to patients' families and surrounding communities as the most efficient way to prevent diseases and improve the overall health in the region.
We train local healthcare professionals, aiming to have a long-term sustainable impact in the level of pediatric medical care in the countries we work in.

Friends Without A Border's first program, the Angkor Hospital for Children (AHC) opened in 1999 in Cambodia. With a successful track records, AHC became a self-sustainable independent international NGO in 2013 . Friends Without A Border then launched the second hospital in Laos in 2015, called Lao Friends Hospital for Children. Based on the successful model achieved at Angkor Hospital for Children, Lao Friends Hospital for Children provides medical treatment + education + prevention to the population of the northern Laos in the Luang Prabang Province.

Since its founding in 1996, FWAB's hospitals have provided treatment to over 1.7 Million children, trained thousands of medical professionals and deliver health education and outreach programs all across Cambodia. Our first hospital, Angkor Hospital for Children (AHC) , became an official teaching hospital in 2005, and was recognized as “one out of three essential healthcare institutions in the country" in 2012.

Our new hospital in Laos, Lao Friends Hospital for Children (LFHC) treats increasing number of patients every year, as its recognition and reputation reach further in geography. It has also started to collaborate with the local medical college to provide practical training in pediatrics to nursing and medical assistant students, and will be joining the national pediatrics residency program as a hosting hospital in the near future. Neonatal Unit, Developmental Clinic, and Thalassemia Clinic are the most recent developments at LFHC, responding to the previously unmet needs in the region.

While the overall child health indicators in Cambodia have greatly improved since the year AHC was opened, Laos remains far behind, and we will continue to cooperate with the now independent AHC and our new hospital LFHC to provide adequate treatment, compassionate care, and continue training the future generations of doctors and nurses in the region.

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Board of directors
as of 11/14/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Matt Magenheim

Development Capital Partners

David Chang

Vintage Communities, Inc.

Nerou Cheng

NCheng LLP

Kenro Izu

Stephen Joester

Philippe Lajaunie

American Summits LLC

Matt Magenheim

Development Capital Partners

Michael Malcolm

Tina Patterson

Authentic Asia

David Pritchard

Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard

Susan Rafte

Pink Ribbons Project

Jonathan Spector

Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research

Michael Stern

Omni Capital Corporation

Timothy Weiner

University of North Carolina School of Medicine

Ayako Weissman

Horizon Kinetics LLC

Steven Williamson

Bessemer Trust companies

Amy Yang

Citigroup

Alex Chanthasoto