April Newsletter


17th Annual New York Gala
Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice of York will be honored at the 17th Annual New York Gala on Wednesday, May 15, in Manhattan. Tickets and tables may be purchased here.


The hospital is seeking candidates for the positions of Executive Directorand Nurse Educator. These are full-time paid positions. Information can be seen on our website here.


LFHC is seeking a Neonatal Nurse to volunteer at the hospital in Luang Prabang for a period of 6-12 months. The volunteer is primarily responsible for the education, training and development of the LFHC neonatal nursing team. Information about the position and how to apply can be found here.


LFHC Performs 1st Splenectomy for Thalassemia Patient

   When LFHC first opened its doors in 2015, one of its first patients was a 7-year-old boy named Bounsaweng Bouadichith, who was diagnosed with thalassemia when he was an infant.

He arrived weak and pale and LFHC doctors promptly started treating him. During the past four years, he has had frequent medical appointments and is one of the Thalassemia Clinic patients who received blood transfusions once or twice a month.

Bounsaweng was also diagnosed with an enlarged spleen. One of the functions of the spleen is to filter old or damaged red blood cells. Thalassemia destroys a large number of red blood cells and as they are filtered by the spleen, it becomes enlarged and has to work harder.

After extensive planning by a multidisciplinary team, Bounsaweng was wheeled into the Operating Theater on Feb. 20 and underwent the first elective splenectomy for a thalassemia patient at LFHC.

Read more here. 

Interplast Performs Surgeries at LFHC 

   An Interplast Team recently visited LFHC and provided free reconstructive surgeries to children and adults with such disabling conditions as burns or severe scars to the hands, fingers, toes and small joints.

The team, supported by Australian Aid, worked closely with the LFHC Operating Theater and performed 15 surgeries. The Interplast team also served as mentors and trainers for LFHC staff in the management of complex wound care.

The hospital is looking forward to their future visit as there are many more children who will benefit from their advanced reconstructive surgical care.

Interplast is an NGO that sends volunteer surgical teams and health care professionals to 17 countries across the Asia Pacific region.

Learning Infection Prevention

   A group of LFHC staff members recently gained insights into protecting patients and themselves from various types of infection.

The training session included information about the use of sterile gloves and masks, the proper disposal of infectious material and how to treat an accidental needle puncture.

The staff also learned how to identify patients who are more susceptible to infection and how to use isolation rooms.

As a teaching hospital, LFHC is constantly offering its staff classroom instruction and hands-on training.

Friends Without A Border Earns Top Rating, Again

   GuideStar, the world’s largest source of information about nonprofit organizations, has awarded its 2019 Platinum Seal of Transparency to Friends Without A Border.

Friends received the Platinum Seal last year, as well. It is the highest rating awarded by GuideStar.

Read more here.

Stars Come Out at (Gala) Night

   Two stars of stage and screen will be lending their talents to the 17th Annual New York Gala.

Tony nominee and Emmy winner Liz Callaway is the featured musical performer and London-born television star Sean Maguire will serve as the event’s emcee.

Liz made her Broadway debut in Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along. She has gone on to star in Baby, Miss Saigon, The Look of Love, The Three Musketeers, and for five years appeared as Grizabella in Cats. Liz has six solo recordings, including her newest album, The Essential Liz Callaway.

Sean has appeared in numerous films and television productions, including the BBC series “Scott & Bailey,” the hit series “Criminal Minds” and “Timeless.” He is perhaps best known in the U.S. for his role as Robin Hood in the ABC series “Once Upon A Time.”