Nobel Prize For Child Advocates Announces 2014 Health Award Honoree

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World of Children® Award to recognize Kenro Izu for creating a model of sustainable pediatric care in Cambodia and treating over 1.2 million children.

Kenro Izu

Kenro Izu

It was a decisive moment when I saw a young girl die in front of my eyes in the regional hospital

World of Children Award (http://www.worldofchildren.org) will honor Kenro Izu – founder of the nonprofit, Friends Without A Border (FWAB) – in New York City on November 6, 2014, for building a hospital in Cambodia that has become the nation’s model of sustainable pediatric care.

Izu first encountered Cambodia’s appalling lack of pediatric healthcare when he met children suffering from a variety of disabilities and illnesses during a photography trip in 1993.

Horrified, Izu visited a regional hospital, where he met a father sitting by the bedside of his desperately ill daughter, a girl who was about the same age as Izu’s daughter. Her father didn’t have enough money to pay for her treatment, so the doctors refused to help her.

While Izu was talking to the father about his tragic situation, the young girl passed away.

“It was a decisive moment when I saw a young girl die in front of my eyes in the regional hospital,” Izu said. “Her life was cut short because her parents could not pay $2 to the hospital and the doctors of the hospital left the girl alone without providing any treatment.”

Determined to stop this tragedy from reoccurring, Izu undertook a campaign to build a pediatric teaching hospital in Cambodia with international standards, which opened its doors in 1999. Subsequently, satellite clinics were opened as a model of locally sustainable health care.

“The goal is that all children who seek help will receive high-quality and compassionate care,” Izu said. “It’s as I always tell our staff, ‘Treat every patient as if they were your own child.’”

Since then, FWAB has treated over 1.2 million children and provided advanced training to thousands of health workers.

“We are deeply inspired by the remarkable contributions our Honorees have made to changing the trajectory of children’s lives for the better,” said Harry Leibowitz, World of Children Award Co-Founder and Co-Chair.

Today, construction is underway for a similar state-of-the-art pediatric teaching hospital in Laos, scheduled to open in early 2015. Funding from World of Children Award will help FWAB construct and equip this new hospital in Laos.

To learn more about Mr. Izu, visit http://www.worldofchildren.org/honoree/kenro-izu/

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