We are a medical organization working in remote Cambodia where the most difficult hurdles to child survival remain. We work towards every child having the opportunity to reach his or her potential.

Holiday Season Update, November and December 2018

This holiday season we give thanks that during our first two years Chenla Children’s Healthcare has garnered much needed support from Canada, Australia, Singapore, Germany and the United States.

We are a small but strong international organization where the boss is always the patient and where we have the opportunity to directly serve the neediest.

We work in eastern Cambodia where as recently as 2014 one of twelve children died before his or her fifth birthday.

As of November 1st 2018, Chenla Children’s Healthcare has treated 3,520 inpatients all of whom needed lifesaving care. We have also compassionately treated 21,002 outpatients in a region of Cambodia where 30% of the population lives on $2 a day or less.

Chenla is not free for all patients but we are free for all the patients assessed to live in poverty. We need your help to remain this way.

On average the cost of an inpatient stay is $213. This represents one life saved. This holiday season we are asking as many people as possible to make a gift of $200 which represents one of these patients. Make a Gift Each contribution will be followed up with a personal thank you and the details of how your donation made a difference. Clearly accounting for how every dollar is used and giving each supporter a clear sense of connectedness to the life saved is very important to us and the families we serve.

In 2019 and beyond, Chenla Children’s Healthcare will remain committed to quality and compassionate care for some of the most vulnerable children in the world and we invite you to be an integral part of this journey.

Please know that regardless of choosing to be a part of our work or not, we wish each of you a season’s greetings and hope your holidays are filled with joy for you and your family.


Bill, Lori, Chinda and the rest of the Chenla Team.

The challenge

Access to quality and affordable medical care where it is needed most.

To this day, 1 in 12 children in eastern Cambodia dies before his or her 5th birthday most often from preventable or treatable causes. This rate is far higher than other parts of Cambodia (Cambodia Demographic and Health Survey 2014). They die because of extreme poverty combined with the lack of a quality medical system. They don’t have to die.

Every dollar raised for Chenla Children’s Healthcare is spent on the ground in Kratie Cambodia to provide life saving services. Targeted funding has been obtained for the minimal accounting costs occurring in the United States. Donor dollars are catalyzed by Chenla Children’s Healthcare participation in the government health care system thereby producing sustainable change with appropriate buy in by the Cambodian nascent system.

With your assistance, more lives can be saved.

How we got here

From Harvard to Siem Reap to Kratie, Eastern Cambodia.

After 7 years of hard work and successfully handing over Angkor Hospital for Children to Cambodian leadership we, Drs Bill & Lori Housworth, decided to pack up and move our family from Siem Reap to Kratie in eastern Cambodia. We founded Chenla Children’s Healthcare and are taking our extensive experience and applying it to a region where the greatest healthcare challenges remain.

The Chenla team is majority Cambodian with many years of experience in pediatric healthcare development. While we, Bill and Lori, carry 10 years work experience in Cambodia, American Board of Pediatrics certifications and public health training from Harvard, the entire team has the invaluable practical skills and knowledge needed to serve the children in eastern Cambodia exceedingly well.

The opportunity

Improve and strengthen the public sector's role.

We have a tremendous opportunity to save lives and to strengthen the public sector’s role in providing high quality pediatric health services in eastern Cambodia.

What Chenla is doing:

  • Providing direct patient services to children affected by poverty and disease in a newly renovated pediatric ward and clinic, that includes neonatal care and a social work
    department to assess and assist with social determinants of health
  • Providing a combination of healthcare outreach and health education to surrounding rural districts targeting the most poverty stricken areas
  • Improving standards of medical care through training and capacity building of local staff
  • Establishing a stabilisation, transport and referral centre to coordinate care for children when higher level services, such as intensive care, cancer treatment, or heart surgery are needed.

Chenla works alongside the local government and operates as a part of the provincial hospital rather than as a parallel structure, thus ensuring long term sustainability.

The limiting factor.

Securing enough funding to scale the program.

The key to the success of Chenla is the ability to scale the program to its appropriate size. This means hiring talented clinical and teaching staff, acquiring medicines and medical supplies, and providing outreach activities.

Overtime it is aimed for the program to become sustainable within
Cambodia itself with a growing portion of costs paid through the
government system and patient fees. Until that time a lot of work needs to be done.

We rely on partners for contributions and support. Will you help us fight child mortality in Eastern Cambodia?