Our Mission


funded by friends without a border (FWAB)


We provide free, high-quality medical care to children 15 years of age and below in a compassionate environment.


We provide health education to patients and their families, as well as medical education to health clinicians across Laos.


We improve the health, nutrition and hygiene of local communities through outreach programs, education and home care.

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Our history


Friends Without A Border (FWAB) is a nonprofit organization was founded by Kenro Izu with the mission to provide compassionate medical care to children in Southeast Asia. After years of planning and gathering support from donors, photographers and friends around the world, Friends Without A Border opened Angkor Hospital for Children (AHC) in 1999 in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

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On February 11, 2015, FWAB opened the doors to a new pediatric hospital: Lao Friends Hospital for Children (LFHC), in Luang Prabang. On opening day, the staff of LFHC treated 47 children in its Outpatient Department. In its first year of operation, LFHC treated nearly 20,000 children.

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The Neonatal Unit and Surgical Theater greatly expanded the reach of services available to children in Laos. More recently, LFHC added a thalassemia clinic, a development clinic for disabled children, an expanded neonatal unit and a 24/7 ER. Today, the hospital staff sees more than 30,000 cases per year throughout its eleven departments.


Annual half-marathon event

Next Event 2024

Run through the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage town of Luang Prabang. 

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