Handa Medical Center in Battambang, Cambodia

The Handa Medical Center (HMC) was opened adjacent to the campus of the World Mate Emergency Hospital in 2013. The HMC has been warmly welcomed by the community and the patient volumes have grown every year as new staff, services and facilities have been added. The campus now includes a new reception area, 10 consultation rooms, a pharmacy, a laboratory and a new medical in-patient ward with 24-beds including six VIP rooms. Approximately 2,000 patients come from all over Northwest Cambodia for care each month. The facility is also 100% green, as it is powered by an array of solar panels that cover the rooftops of all of the buildings.

The HMC has the unique three-fold strategy of providing high-quality medical services, providing on the job training for young Cambodian doctors and nurses, and producing surplus revenues that are donated to support the free care provided at the World Mate Emergency Hospital next door. By providing a general medical facility for the general population, local medical professionals can learn advanced medical techniques while at the same time helping the underprivileged.

World Mate Emergency Hospital in Battambang, Cambodia

The World Mate Emergency Hospital is managed by The Handa Foundation but receives most of its charitable support from the generous people of Japan through an organization called the World Mate Foundation. Dr. Haruhisa Handa currently serves as the Honorary Chairman of the World Mate Foundation and the Honorary Director of the World Mate Emergency Hospital. This 109-bed trauma hospital has played a pivotal role in the recovery of NW Cambodia from the devastation of war. Since it opened in 1998, it has treated approximately half of all the land mine survivors in the country, completely free of charge. Please go the hospital’s website at www.wmeh.org to learn more about the great work being done.

Handa Academy in Battambang, Cambodia

The Handa Academy opened in May of 2018 with the mission of helping disadvantaged children in Cambodia to break the cycle of poverty through teaching and training in the areas of English and Computers, Sports and Leadership, Vocations, Health and Hygiene. The Academy’s goal is to ensure that disadvantaged children will receive the support they need to become successful, self-reliant adults in the community.

Partnership with Stanford University

The Handa Foundation began a new partnership in 2015 with Stanford University in California. The primary focus of the program is to teach surgeons, nurses, and anesthesiologists to work as a team and to use a safe surgery checklist that was developed by the World Health Organization. The use of the checklist has proven to reduce complications related to surgery by as much as 30%, and the goal of the program is to expand this training to all of the public and private hospitals in Cambodia.

Through the generous support of professor Dr. Thomas Weiser, Stanford University Medical School has invited surgeons and nurses from the World Mate Emergency Hospital to receive training in California, and Dr. Weiser also spent the month of July in Battambang to kick off the new program.