Projects: Laos

  • About Laos

    about_laos_1BuddhaThe Peoples’ Democratic Republic of Laos is located in the centre of Indochina, sharing borders with China to the North Myanmar to Northwest, Thailand to the West, Cambodia to the South and Vietnam to the East.

    The landscapes of northern Laos are dominated by rough and ruggedly beautiful mountains.The Mekong River is the main geographical feature in the west and forms a natural border with Thailand in some areas. The Mekong flows through much of Lao territory and shapes much of the lifestyle of the people of Laos. In the South the Mekong reaches a breadth of 20 kilometers, creating an area with thousands of islands. 

    Lao people open and friendly, and they possess a strongly developed sense of courtesy and respect.

    One of the trademarks of Laos is the diversity of its people and cultures. There are a number of traditional arts and crafts that represent their way of life. Lao has a rich cultural heritage with religious art and architecture forming the cornerstone of artistic traditions.

    Across the country there is a plethora of distinctive monuments and architectural styles. There are three architectural styles, corresponding to the geographical location of the temples and monasteries. French colonial architecture, Buddhist architecture in temples, traditional Lao houses raised on stilts.

    The children and their families need your help – especially in rural Laos

    Rural ChildrenThere are approximately 2.8 million children living in Laos. Most face many hardships: half of all children under the age of five are chronically malnourished. Around 11 per cent of children between the ages of five and 14 are involved in child labour.

    A quarter of the population lives in poverty

    Children in rural areas are particularly disadvantaged. Basic services such as education, health or other forms of assistance cannot reach those living in remote areas with no access to road or railway networks. Schools in rural areas have fewer resources, and a lower enrollment rate than those in urban areas.

    “It’s hard to imagine that that there are still places in the world where children suffer from preventable diseases such as malaria, pneumonia, and diarrhea; but it is a hard fact for many children in Lao PDR. The need for access to quality healthcare is urgent, and Friends has taken the first steps in creating a healthier future for the children of Laos.”
    Rural Children

    Strategy: “How together we will make a change”

    • Provide high-quality medical care for children in a compassionate environment.
    • Support and provide continuing education of healthcare professionals.
    • Improve the health, nutrition and hygiene of local communities through outreach programs and homecare.
    • Stimulate research to develop sound healthcare practices appropriate for local conditions
  • Laos Friends Hospital for Children

    laos_hospital _for_ children_1Friends Without A Border* is committed to care for, educate, and provide for destitute, abandoned, neglected, ill and dependent children and their families of certain foreign countries. We started in Cambodia and will maintain our presence there indefinitely. In November 2013, Friends started construction on a new pediatric hospital in Luang Prabang, Laos called Lao Friends Hospital for Children. It was opened on February 11th, 2015!

    Lao Friends Hospital for Children (LFHC) provides free medical care and health education to children in Luang Prabang, Laos. Through the model of Treatment + Education + Prevention, the hospital treats over 20,000 children annually, educates hundreds of local medical professionals, and prevents thousands of diseases through its Outreach Program. LFHC’s guiding motto is “treat every patient as if your own child.” The vision is to create a locally-sustainable hospital by and for the Lao people. Currently the hospital employs 16 Lao physicians, 31 Lao nurses, 16 Lao paramedics, 13 Lao administrators, 8 Expats, and 82 international medical volunteers (including 14 Canadians).

    Why the need for a free hospital in Luang Prabang? One out of every fifteen Laotian children dies before the age of five. Nearly half of Lao children have stunted growth due to malnutrition and recurrent intestinal infections, such as diarrhoea. Laos children also have an unusually high rate of anemia and a related blood disease, thalassemia. Despite these significant health issues, Lao Friends Hospital for Children is the only children’s hospital in the province. These children truly need our help.

    Lao Hospital for Children’s main objectives are:

    • Support and provide continuing education of healthcare professionals throughout Southeast Asia so that they will become the clinicians and educators of the future.
    • Improve the health, nutrition and hygiene of local communities through outreach programs and homecare.
    • Stimulate research to develop sound healthcare practices appropriate for local conditions.
    • Educate patients and family members  – providing a preventative approach on topics including nutrition, vaccinations, breastfeeding, oral health, family planning, and disease-specific information

    LFHC is the only hospital in northern Laos to offer neonatal services, providing life-saving care for newborn babies that otherwise have no access to proper healthcare for essential development.

    The Lao Friends Hospital for Children – A Sneak Peak Inside the Brand New Pediatric Facility

    Opening day Video – Lao Friends Hospital for Children – “Faith is the Bird”

    The hospital is developing into an international-standard pediatric hospital, offering services including: Outpatient and Inpatient departments, 24 hour 7 day a week Emergency Services, 24 hour 7 day a week Neonatal Unit, Laboratory, Pharmacy, Radiology & Diagnostic Imaging and Surgery.

    Canadian, Dr. Cheri Niissen-Jordan,  from Calgary Alberta heads up Laos Friends Hospital for Children, in Luang Prabang. She is a pediatrician with immense global health experience (clinical, business, research); she is a leader in the field. 

    January – October 2016 Statistics

    • 13,330 Patients Treated
    • 1,049 Children Admitted
    • 12 Neonates admitted per month
    • 40+ Surgeries performed per month
    • 90-120% Bed occupancy rate

    Most common diagnoses: Upper respiratory infection, viral infection, gastroenteritis, malnutrition, bronchiolitis

    * All data as of October 31st, 2016

     

          waiting room       All staff in front of LFHC-1     staff at LFHC on DAY 1  

     

                  Kenro Izu Opening day LHFC ceremony         Ed Bachrach, Yollanda and Chris Cheung Li, Nina & John Cassils with niece Emily Kellett and David Chang

     

    *Friends Without A Border (Friends) is a not-for-profit corporation under section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. Friends is dedicated to providing medical care to underserved children of Southeast Asia. Canadian donors will receive a tax receipt for all cash donations. To donate please visit click  https://www.fwab.org/donation