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THF Celebrated the 20th Anniversary of the WMEH

April 16, 2019

The staff of The Handa Foundation celebrated the 20th Anniversary of the World Mate Emergency Hospital. Many local and international dignitaries were in attendance to encourage the staff and to celebrate the free trauma care that has been provided to more than 160,000 landmine and traffic accident victims in NW Cambodia. During the program the 29 staff members who have been with the hospital since it opened in 1998 were honored one by one, and given several gifts of appreciation. More Pictures

$375,000 Donated to The Handa Foundation

January 13, 2019

Representatives of the Professional Golfers Association, joined by ISPS Handa Patron and former Ireland Prime Minister Enda Kenny, presented a $375,000 donation to The Handa Foundation management team. More Pictures

THF Recognized for Excellence

September 14, 2018

Congratulations to the staff of The Handa Foundation for winning two Excellence Wards at the 2018 Hospital Management Asia Conference in Bangkok, Thailand. The ACT Mobile Clinic and the Padraig Harrington Renewable Energy System won two out of the 13 Excellence Awards presented during the conference, chosen from a pool of more than 400 entries submitted by more than 100 hospitals across Asia. More pictures are here.

World Journal of Surgery Publication

March 1, 2018

The World Journal of Surgery published a research study that was conducted in the World Mate Emergency Hospital in collaboration with The Handa Foundation and the Stanford University School of Medicine. Congratulations go to Naomi Garland, Sokhavatey Kheng, Michael De Leon, Hourt Eap, Jared Forrester, Janice Hay, Palritha Oum, Socheat SamAth, Simon Stock, Samprathna Yem, Gerlinda Lucas and Thomas Weiser. Thanks for sharing your expertise and successfully lowering the post-operative infections among our patients! For more information please see the publication.

PGA Tour Donates $700,000 to THF

April 28, 2017

Representatives of the Professional Golfers Association, joined by ISPS Handa Patron and former New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, presented a $700,000 donation to The Handa Foundation management team.

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A Visit to the Peace Palace

April 28, 2017

Members of The Handa Foundation paid a social visit to Prime Minister Hun Sen with our special guest, former Prime Minister John Key. More images are available at the prime minister’s Facebook page.

Donation from ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf

December 29, 2016

Various golf teams at the ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf made donations to The Handa Foundation. Thanks for your support!

THF Featured in Travel Magazine Magazine

September 16, 2016


The Handa Foundation and the World Mate Emergency Hospital were recently featured in a special edition of Travel Globe Magazine as one of three “heroic organizations” that are changing Cambodia for the better. The coverage of our work is from page 35 through page 61. Enjoy!

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Coldplay Charity Concert in the UK

May 26, 2016

The music group Coldplay has agreed to play a charity concert organized by The Handa Foundation on June 28th in Kensington Palace Gardens. We appreciate their support!

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THF Featured in Tokyo Health Summit

March 18, 2016

Dr. Gerlinda Lucas, Director of the WMEH, featured today on a panel with the Governor of Tokyo discussing the future of Global Health and International Policies.

Charity Concert in Tokyo for THF

March 15, 2016

On March 17, 2016 The Handa Foundation will host a charity concert in Tokyo, Japan. Supporting artists include David Foster, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Peter Cetera, Katherine Jenkins and Spice Girl Melanie C. We appreciate their support!!!!!

Angelina Jolie Encourages the THF Staff

March 5, 2016

We are thankful for our local staff and international volunteers, both doctors and nurses, who volunteered their time off today to provide emergency medical assistance to the 4000+ people in the film crew and cast of a movie being filmed in Battambang by Ms. Angelina Jolie.

Article in Forbes about our Founder

December 22, 2015

There are very few things written about Dr. Handa in English. Here is a recent article from Forbes Magazine. Happy holidays!

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THF Staff Visit with Cambodian PM

May 30, 2015

Dr. Peter Piot, an advisor to The Handa Foundation, was invited to discuss health care in Cambodia and the role of The Handa Foundation with the prime minister.

New Van for the Handa Nursing School

February 19, 2015

Hand over of a donated vehicle to the Handa Nursing School in Vientiane Laos, to be used to transport students to distant communities for their field practice.

New Equipment from the Borland Grover Clinic

January 1, 2014

The Borland-Groover Clinic (from Florida, USA) donated a full suite of endoscopy equipment, as well as funding for a new building, to The Handa Foundation. During the visit of their team, the training of local staff began and several patients received care.

Michael Bolton Charity Concert for THF

October 26, 2012

Dinner last night in Singapore with Anna, Kevin, Michael Bolton, Andrew Cayley and Dr. Handa. Tonight Michael will have a charity concert in Singapore – to benefit The Handa Foundation!!!

Trauma Hospital Saved by THF

March 21, 2012

The World Mate Emergency Hospital was originally founded and managed by a charity organization based in Italy called Emergency. In 2011, the Italian charity announced it had a shortage of resources and could no longer support the hospital and its work. In January of 2012 the Cambodian Ministry of Health, together with the Italian charity Emergency, asked the Handa Foundation to manage and sustain it beginning March 1, 2012. One month later, instead of closing as planned, the staff members of the hospital were delighted to have Dr. Handa and an international delegation arrive in Battambang to announce that the World Mate Foundation would now be supporting the hospital and enabling it to continue providing life-saving trauma care to the people of the region.

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