Team on boat

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Drs. Bill and Lori Housworth have worked full time in Cambodia on healthcare development for more than 12 years. Bill is a former director of Angkor Hospital for Children, where Lori worked in various capacities including developing medical protocols and guidelines and establishing a sexual abuse clinic in a conjoint effort with the social work team. Their passion remains to see more children in need receive high quality compassionate care.

In 2017, they led a combined effort with several Cambodian colleagues to establish Chenla Children’s Healthcare in eastern Cambodia where the health statistics lagged far behind other regions in the country. In Kratie, Cambodia where they now live and work, up to 1 in 24 children die before their fifth birthday, largely from preventable and treatable causes. They don’t have to die.

After a brief meeting with the Minister of Health His Excellency Mam Bun Heng where he expressed his opinion that Kratie was an important place to work if it was done in a way to build up the public healthcare system rather than work parallel to it, Chenla’s work began. It is a unique public-private partnership model where all care is free for children who are poor. At the same time, existing government resources are leveraged to their maximum extent for the provision of care. Chenla simply contributes manpower, expertise, and long term commitment to the cause.

Chenla Children’s Health Inc is a 501(c)(3) corporation in the USA and Chenla Children’s Healthcare is officially registered as an international NGO in Cambodia both with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Health. It’s mandate remains to directly build up the public sector’s ability and role in providing compassionate, high quality healthcare to children who need it most.

To read more about our story: A Calling in Cambodia.