Healthcare In The Neediest Place

To improve the health of vulnerable communities through sustainable healthcare efforts. We look beyond curative measures to help the poor.

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  • English

Organization name


Year founded


Initiative stage

  • Start-Up (a pilot that has just started operating)

Annual budget in 2017 (USD)

  • $50k - $100k

Number of beneficiaries impacted so far

  • 1,000 - 5,000

Organization type

  • Nonprofit, NGO, or citizen sector

Secondary Focus Area

  • Rural development

Headquarters location: Country

  • Malaysia

Headquarters location: City

Petaling Jaya

Location(s) of impact

Cambodia: Phnom Penh Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur, Tapah


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Problem: What problem is this initiative trying to address?

HBB wishes to be different by focusing not in short-term emergency interventions but in efforts that last a lifetime. That is why we carefully select the community we do our projects in. Before embarking on our first project in Cambodia, we have partnered and collaborated for months with a few Cambodian NGOs that not only attest to the need of a hospital there, but also willing to become lifetime partners to make our project sustainable in the long run.

Solution Summary: What is the proposed solution? What do you see as its most promising aspects for creating shared value?

When someone gets sick, we look beyond the disease itself. When someone is started on antibiotics for pneumonia we also start looking for holes on his house roof. When someone is treated for food poisoning we also start looking at how his foods are prepared. We believe that an epidemic of a disease is actually a twin epidemic of the disease itself and of poverty. We hope that by curing diseases, we also help to alleviate poverty. We do all this not by meddling in the community’s business, but by becoming part of the community itself. That is why collaboration with the local community is so essential for us. Who better understand the barriers towards health care other than the people living inside the community?

Financial sustainability plan: How is this initiative financially supported? How will you ensure its financial sustainability long-term?

Founded in 2012, Hospitals Beyond Boundaries (HBB) has been financially sustained through continuous fundraising and committed personal donors from Malaysia and all over the world. We have not yet apply for any grants nor corporate contributions, but we do collaborate with local corporates in Malaysia by running projects at HBB Clinic Phnom Penh, Cambodia and HBB Mobile Clinic, Medan Kasih Kuala Lumpur. The initial plan was we are still struggling and trying our best to sustain through social business that we just started in April 2017 by running a Maternity Health Centre (MHC) HBB Phnom Penh, Cambodia. But from the observation, we still have more poor patients to serve than the able patients to pay for the cost. As for the poor, we will provide the service for free.

Where did you hear about the Nestlé Creating Shared Value Prize?

  • Nestlé page or contact


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Photo of Rachel Biderman

Very important project that unites poverty alliviation with health care for poor communities. Congrats !

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