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Antibiotics for 300 Very Sick and Needy Cambodians

by Sihanouk Hospital Corporation
Antibiotics for 300 Very Sick and Needy Cambodians
Antibiotics for 300 Very Sick and Needy Cambodians
Antibiotics for 300 Very Sick and Needy Cambodians
Antibiotics for 300 Very Sick and Needy Cambodians
Antibiotics for 300 Very Sick and Needy Cambodians
Antibiotics for 300 Very Sick and Needy Cambodians
Patient, Ra, smiling again and going home
Patient, Ra, smiling again and going home

Thank you for your support

At the Sihanouk Hospital Center of HOPE (SHCH), we are delighted that our project to provide antibiotic treatments to poor patients in Cambodia is fully funded. Every donation has made a difference.

Our patient, Ra, aged 36, received free antibiotics at SHCH and expressed his thanks. 'I am poor, and I couldn't have found another hospital to provide free care to me like this one did.'

Ra drives a motorbike taxi in Cambodia's capital, Phnom Penh, and makes just $3 a day to support his young family. When Ra came to our hospital, he was in a critical condition, with a high fever and abdominal pain. He was diagnosed with a liver abscess and was treated on our medical ward until he returned to health. Antibiotics were an important part of his treatment plan.

'Thank you for giving me hope again,' said Ra. 

Your gift of antibiotics has made a difference in the lives of poor Cambodians. Thank you for making our project possible.

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Koemly and his wife in the medical ward
Koemly and his wife in the medical ward

Your gift of antibiotics is helping patients at the Sihanouk Hospital Center of HOPE in Cambodia.

Our patient, Koemly, 49, came to our hospital after experiencing symptoms for 3 months. He had a fever, and was experiencing headaches, weight loss and shortness of breath. Before arriving at our hospital, Koemly had sought care close to his home village in provincial Cambodia, but after a month, his health had not improved and he travelled to our hospital for further treatment. Our doctor explains that delayed treatment is a common challenge in Cambodia: ‘Our patients often arrive with an advanced health conditions and we need to treat most of them with antibiotics. Unfortunately, high-quality medicines are expensive here.’

Your donation through Global Giving helped us to exceed our intial campaign goal and provide antibiotic treatments to patients like Koemly. Koemly has now received free care from our experienced medical team, and his symptoms are being actively managed with high-quality medicines. ‘Thank you to the hospital and donors who support free care to the poor in Cambodia,’ he said.

The Sihanouk Hospital Center of HOPE also says thank you. Your generosity helped us to exceed our campaign goal and now we are aiming even higher. You can help us to reach our new goal and treat more patients by visiting our campaign page here:

News flash! Next Wednesday 15 June, is bonus day! You can double your impact with a matched donation from Global Giving. This is a fabulous opportunity to make your gift go even further. Please visit our campaign page on 15 June at:

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Soun Mao and Srey Peng in the Medical Ward
Soun Mao and Srey Peng in the Medical Ward

Last month, SOUN Mao came to Sihanouk Hospital Center of HOPE with a very high-fever, severe headache, nausea and vomiting. He was suffering from severe symptoms of infective endocarditis-- a serious infection on the surface of the heart and valves-- along with other issues.  Your donations made all the difference for him and his family.

Mao, 29, arrived with his wife Srey Peng from their rural village in southern Cambodia. Mao had been sick for many months and was unable to work.  After a while, Srey Peng also lost her job at the garment factory because she was taking care of her husband.  Thanks to the caring efforts of our medical team, Mao was able to undergo a variety of tests, including a CT scan provided by the nearby HOPE worldwide Medical Center and a highly effective antibiotic medication.  Our laboratory was able to test Mao's blood to determine if any antibiotics would be resistant to his infection.   Mao stayed at our hospital for 4 weeks, transforming from a young man struggling for his life to a smiling and grateful recovered patient who was very happy to be reunited with his daughter.

Our campaign for Antibiotics for our patients is nearly complete, with only $498 left for us to meet our campaign goal.  If you donate before midnight on March 16th, your gift will be matched by Global Giving.  This is a fantastic opportunity to stretch your contribution farther and give us the extra boost we need to make it over the top.  Please take a moment and make a gift today through our Global Giving page here:

Your gifts make a huge difference. Mao, his wife and daughter all extend a big thank you!   especially for Mao’s wife and daughter. Thank you for your support. 

SHCH trains Cambodian medical professionals
SHCH trains Cambodian medical professionals
SHCH's laboratory helps deliver quality healthcare
SHCH's laboratory helps deliver quality healthcare


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With your generous support, the Sihanouk Hospital Center of HOPE continues its mission to provide free medical care to the poor and needy in Cambodia. Ngin Mom, 75, is one patient who received surgery, antibiotics and hospitalization from us.

Mom is a poor, widowed farmer from Kandal Province. She has one adopted daughter. They live in a small house together and work a small rice field that provides a modest income.

Mom started to feel weak for many days. Like many patients who come here, she first accessed medications from a local private clinic. Her adopted daughter borrowed $500 from a microfinance institute for hospitalization, tests and medications. Mom did not get better. This was a heavy weight on their ability to take care of themselves.

On their last savings and with the advice of a neighbor, Mom and her daughter came to SHCH by tuk tuk.

With our medical team conducting a full evaluation, Mom was not only diagnosed with an acute bile duct stone, but she also had a complex, drug-resistant infection (ESBL) in her blood. The infection required very expensive antibiotics to stabilize her. She received surgery and was isolated in a special area to ensure that she could recover and that infection would not spread to other patients.

“I would like to thank you so much donors who contribute to the hospital. SHCH has a strong history of providing service to the poor and I hope they continue forever.” – Mom’s adopt daughter.

Here’s a short video snapshot of the hospital’s work and your opportunity to make a real difference for our programs serving the poor of Cambodia.  All Global Giving donations received before the end of the year will be matched by SHCH's generous donor. Watch more here :

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You helped to save Yeam Sey's life with your contribution to Sihanouk Hospital Center of HOPE's campaign.  With your support, we were able to sustain live-saving medication in concert with high-quality healthcare by trained Cambodian medical professionals.  

One example of the incredible work of our clinical team is the diagnosis and treatment of Mrs. Yeam Sey.  Sey, 32, is from Kandal province and works in a garment factory making $128 per month. With her husband and her daughter, she rents a very small house in Phnom Penh.

Yeam Sey came to SHCH feeling horrible- with a high fever and stomach pains.  Previously, she had tried to access care through drug sellers at the market and already spent her precious funds at private clinics.  With a combination of laboratory tests and x-rays, our team uncovered that she had  TB peritonitis - a severe complication of tuberculosis when the infection travels from the lungs to the stomach.   With strong antibiotic medications and 3 weeks of hospitalization, Sey returned to health. She has a long path ahead to maintain her health. Without the effective interventions of SHCH, Sey would have certainly died.

“Without SHCH and generously donors, I would die because I would not have the money to cover my treatment. As a garment factory worker, I made a little salary so I cannot support to my health issue sometimes.  I thank you so much to SHCH’s staff who provide the compassion to the patients and they always make patients feel confident to regain health. ”. Said Sey. 

Unfortunately, Sey's story is not uncommon here in Cambodia.  SIhanouk Hospital Center of HOPE exists to fill a critical need for both training Cambodian medical professionals and also providing free health care to the poor and vulnerable.  You can continue to support us in many ways- liking our facebook page, joining our email newsletter at or simply sharing our impact during the upcoming holiday season.  

Thank you for your support of Sinanouk Hospital Center of HOPE.  


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Sihanouk Hospital Corporation

Location: San Diego, CA - USA
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @Sihanouk Hospital
Project Leader:
Sovanarith Phen
Wayne, PA United States

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