|Name||Friends Without A Border|
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New York, NY 10010
Funds will continue our support for the Angkor Hospital for Children (AHC) in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Since its inception in 1999, over 560,000 children have received quality medical care at AHC. The hospital offers outpatient, inpatient, emergency, surgical, dental and ophthalmologic care to more than 300 boys and girls each day. AHC is child and family focused, using a patient’s time at the hospital as an educational opportunity. The hospital provides vaccinations and multivitamins in addition to extensive education on nutrition, wellness and illness prevention.
One of the biggest challenges at Angkor Hospital for Children is obtaining funding for crucial maintenance and renovations needs. The hospital is now 11 years old, with a significant amount of infrastructure and equipment requiring repair and maintenance. In the past several months a communications antenna, hematology machine, x ray machine, hospital ambulance, and several ventilators have required significant repairs. Often these repairs can be done on-site through the efforts of AHC's talented maintenance staff. Many pieces of medical equipment, however, such as ventilators and other ICU equipment, must be sent out of country for repairs and maintenance because the expertise for the work does not exist in Cambodia. These types of repairs also have significant transportation and customs costs associated with them. Clearly, as the hospital has grown in its technical capabilities and demand for such services has grown, so has the need to care for the vital equipment.
This grant will support AHC's maintenance and basic renovations costs. In the case of ventilators, pulse oximeters, lab equipment, and other vital medical instruments here, it is often more cost-effective to make quality repairs when feasible rather than purchase new items. And simple renovations of existing structures often lead to improved services to patients. The effectiveness of a donation towards these needs will be measured by looking at the activity and longevity of each piece of equipment after repairs are made. Also, direct patient care activity related to each equipment item will be recorded along with individual patient stories.
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