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January Newsletter

UPCOMING EVENTS

Lao Friends Hospital for Children 4th Anniversary
The anniversay celebration is scheduled for January 22 at the hospital in Luang Prabang, Laos.

 

Taste the World
The annual chairty wine-tasting event will be held on Tuesday, January 29, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel Ballroom in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.Click here for information and tickets.

 

VOLUNTEERS WANTED!

LFHC has a pressing need for nurses and physicians. The hospital is seeking pediatric, neonatal and operating room nurses.

The hospital is also seeking a volunteer Medical Laboratory Technician for a commitment of one to six months.

If you know someone who might be interested in volunteering, please refer them to our website for more information. 

LFHC Welcomes New Chief Administrator

   Lao Friends Hospital for Children is very pleased to welcome Dr. David Brewster as the facility’s new executive director.

   Dr. Brewster brings a wealth of experience in pediatrics and hospital management to LFHC. He has been active in acute clinical medicine since his graduation in 1973 from the medical school at McMaster University in Canada, and has worked in several countries.

   Since 2013, Dr. Brewster has served with an Australian Aid Project in the Southeast Asia country of Timor-Leste (East Timor). The project focuses on women and children’s health. He was also responsible there for pediatric postgraduate training.

   Before leaving for East Timor, he was the Clinical Director of Pediatrics at Canberra Hospital in Australia.

   Read more here.

Best Wishes to Simon and Chris

   During the past three years, Executive Director Simon Young and Medical Education Director Christine Sanderson have overseen a period of extraordinary growth at Lao Friends Hospital for Children.

   They will be leaving their posts this month at the conclusion of their three-year contracts, having spearheaded programs and projects that saved the lives of so many children and improved the health of countless others.

   “Friends Without A Border will be eternally grateful for the incredible contributions made by these two skilled pediatricians/administrators,” said FWAB Executive Director Nicole Pagourgis. “They will be greatly missed.”

Doctors See Rare Case of Child Diabetes

  Six-year-old Thorhua Wa was brought to LFHC last month after her parents became concerned that she wasn’t sleeping well and getting out of bed often to urinate.

   Doctors determined that Thorhua was afflicted with malnutrition-related diabetes. This is not a condition that LFHC doctors see very often and is extremely complicated to manage. Malnutrition-related diabetes is similar to Type 1 diabetes, but patients require 2-3 times more insulin to manage their disease.

   The staff instructed Thorhua’s parents about how to proceed after measuring her glucose, how to inject insulin safely, and how to read her symptoms — especially for signs of low blood-sugar which can cause seizure, coma or death if not quickly recognized and treated. The nutrition team devoted much time to teach the family about managing Thorhua’s diet.

 Read more here.

Nurse Keo Sysaythong, Breastfeeding Educator

   Breastfeeding is extremely important to the health of a newborn infant. At LFHC, nurse Keo Sysaythong serves as the hospital’s lactation consultant.

   In early 2017, Keo expressed an interest in learning more about maternal health and what could be done to help new mothers properly breastfeed their infants. Since then, she has completed breastfeeding training with specialists from France and Australia.

   She now spends two afternoons a week in LFHC’s Neonatal Unit, helping mothers express milk and feed their babies. She is also putting her knowledge to work in the maternity ward of the Luang Prabang Provincial Hospital.

   Hospital administrators say Keo’s passion and love for her job are contagious, and her patience and gentle nature make her an incredibly valuable support person for new mothers.

AccorHotels Visits LFHC for Solidarity Week

   Representatives of AccorHotels recently celebrated Solidarity Week with the patients, their families and staff of Lao Friends Hospital for Children. The group treated everyone to lunch (and cupcakes) and brought gifts and games for the children.

   They also provided a bit of musical entertainment for the children and managed to get a few of our doctors to sing along with them.

   The AccorHotels group included representatives from Pullman Luang Prabang, Sofitel Luang Prabang, the 3 Nagas boutique hotel and SSMI financial consultants.

   Friends Without A Border and the LFHC staff thank AccorHotels for bringing many smiles and much laughter to the children.

Lao Staff Teaches Slate of Short Courses

   LFHC now conducts 12 short courses in subjects ranging from Excel software to neonatal nursing to wound care. The courses were designed and developed by the hospital’s Lao staff members, who also serve as course instructors.

    By having the Lao staff teach the content, the hospital is helping them develop as leaders and specialized trainers.

   These staff members have also been teaching courses at other health care facilities in the region on such topics as breastfeeding, triage and basic life support.

FWAB Photo Auction: A Picture of Success!

   The 20th Annual Friends of Friends Photography Auction proved to be a dazzling display of art and generosity.

   The Dec. 12 event raised more than $163,000 (gross) for the benefit of Lao Friends Hospital for Children. More than 100 artists contributed their works to the auction.

   A crowd of more than 150 attended the event at The Highline Loft and were very active in the live and online auctions.

   The Board of Directors and staff of Friends Without A Border thank all who attended and participated in the auctions.

   See more event photos here.

December Newsletter

UPCOMING EVENTS

20th Annual Friends of Friends Photography Auction
The popular Friends Photo Auction is back! More than 100 prints will be auctioned on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at The Highline Loft in Manhattan. If you cannot attend, you can bid on the prints now via Artsy atwww.Artsy.net/fwab.

 Click here for more information and tickets.

 

VOLUNTEERS WANTED!
Physicians and Nurses

LFHC has a pressing need for nurses and physicians. The hospital is seeking pediatric, neonatal and operating room nurses.
If you know someone who might be interested in volunteering, please refer them to our website for more information.

Preventing Neonatal Tetanus

   Airnoy Khamxaiy was born prematurely at home with no health care professional present. His family cut his umbilical cord with bamboo.

The neonatal staff at LFHC determined that their tiny patient showed signs of infection, but was otherwise stable. They administered intravenous antibiotics and immunized him to prevent neonatal tetanus from developing as a result of his umbilical cord being cut with bamboo.

Neonatal tetanus is particularly common in rural areas where most deliveries occur at home without adequate sterile procedures, according to the World Health Organization. Most infants who get the disease do not survive.

Read more here.

Reducing the Risk of Airborne Infection

   Thanks to a generous donation from the Women International Group (WIG) of Laos, LFHC has taken measures to reduce the risk of nosocomial (acquired in the hospital) infections.

The grant enabled the hospital to install a new ventilation system in the Inpatient Department and both isolation rooms of the Emergency Department.

The Inpatient Department is usually filled to capacity, leaving little physical space between individuals. Sufficient ventilation is critically needed, given the high rates of typical childhood respiratory infections among our patients and the ever-present risk of more severe respiratory infections such as tuberculosis and pandemic influenza.

Read more here.

LFHC Welcomes New Director of Nursing

  Kate Corrigan, whose nursing career includes service in the U.S., Haiti and Ecuador, recently started working at LFHC as the hospital’s Director of Nursing.

Kate focused on pediatric intensive care while working at several children’s hospitals in the U.S., including eight years at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

A native of Seattle, she earned her degree in nursing in Ohio at the Franciscan University of Steubenville. After graduation, she spent a year in Ecuador, helping the Catholic Medical Mission Board develop a small, same-day surgical center in Quito.

Kate also holds a masters degree in global health from The George Washington University.

In 2012, she served as chief nursing officer at a trauma hospital in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and four years later supported the disaster relief efforts in that Caribbean nation in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.

Read more here.

Another Caseload Record

   According to the most recent data available, LFHC’s doctors and nurses treated 2,200 children as outpatients in October — setting a new caseload record for a single month in that department.

 

Hospital Welcomes New Nurse Educator

   LFHC recently welcomed Lisa Altmann as the hospital’s new Nurse Educator.

A native Australian, Lisa brings a wealth of knowledge and international experience to the position, having worked as a pediatric nurse in more than 15 countries. She has worked twice as a nursing volunteer at LFHC.

Lisa received her credentials as a Registered Nurse in 2007 and since that time has worked as a pediatric nurse. She also has completed postgraduate studies in pediatric nursing, tropical nursing and public health.

Read more here.

Friendly Boutique

   Renovations have been completed and the Friends Gallery is now open for business! Located in downtown Luang Prabang, the boutique is where one finds the best collection of treasures from Luang Prabang and Siem Reap — the locations of the two hospitals built by Friends Without A Border.

Sales help finance the free medical treatment provide by Lao Friends Hospital for Children.

 

Happy Holidays!

   The Board of Directors and staff of Friends Without A Border and Lao Friends Hospital for Children would like to wish everyone a healthy, happy holiday season. We would also like to extend our heartfelt thanks for your support during the year.

As readers of our monthly newsletter, you know how much the hospital has grown during 2018. And you’ve no doubt read about some of the children whose lives have been saved thanks to your generosity.

In this holiday season of giving, we ask that you consider making a gift that makes a difference, a gift that transverses borders, a gift that saves lives.

Donations may be made here on our website.

The Friends Holiday Cards may be ordered here.

November Newsletter

UPCOMING EVENTS

Friends Without A Border Boston Event
Friends Board of Directors Member Dr. Jonathan Spector and his wife Marci Spector will host an event on Nov. 29 at the Harvard Faculty Club in Cambridge, Mass.

20th Annual Friends of Friends Photography Auction
The popular Friends Photo Auction is back! More than 100 prints wil be auctioned on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at The Highline Loft in Manhattan. If you cannot attend, you can start to bid on the prints two weeks before the event via Artsy.

 Click here for more information and tickets.

 

VOLUNTEERS WANTED!
Physicians and Nurses

LFHC has a pressing need for nurses and physicians. The hospital is seeking pediatric, neonatal and operating room nurses.
If you know someone who might be interested in volunteering, please refer them to our website for more information.

Expanded Neonatal Unit Opens with Royal Flourish

   LFHC’s expanded Neonatal Unit opened on Oct. 20 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice of York.

The princess, a granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, toured the unit and spoke with several of the doctors and nurses who care for the infants there.

The new Neonatal Unit (pictured above) now occupies what had been the children’s ward of the adjacent Luang Prabang Provincial Hospital. The expansion triples the former unit’s bed-space and provides additional room to better serve the parents of these infants

Read more here.

Read about the newly expanded unit here.

LFHC Battling Malnutrition with Therapeutic Food Program

   Recognizing the high incidence of malnutrition in Lao PDR, administrators at LFHC are initiating a malnutrition care program that they hope will dramatically reduce the need to hospitalize children for long periods to treat the condition.

LFHC doctors and nutritionists have begun to treat malnourished children with eeZeePaste, a ready-to-eat therapeutic food that has been endorsed by UNICEF. The product contains a mixture of peanuts, milk powder, oil and vitamins – everything a child needs to recover from malnutrition.

Read more here.

Boy Treated for Serious Bone Infection

   Aiy Thongsy was brought to Lao Friends Hospital for Children with a condition that doctors diagnosed as Osteomyelitis of his right leg. The condition, which is an infection of the bone, left the 10-year-old boy unable to walk.

A surgical team performed an external fixation for his leg to keep his bone in line to grow properly. Aiy then began a treatment regimen of antibiotics to fight the infection. His doctors used a series of X-rays to monitor his progress.

It took some time for Aiy to become accustomed to the external fixation, which he would need for several months. He still cannot walk, but he moves around the hospital in a wheelchair with the help of his father.

While he recovers at the LFHC, the hospital’s nutrition team has been addressing his malnutrition to ensure that he continues to improve.

Read more here.

Lao Gala Gratitude

   Thanks to everyone who made the Lao Friends Second Annual Gala Dinner a huge success. The fundraiser was held on October 19 in Luang Prabang.

Honorees for Best Friends of Friends Award were Henrik Juel Andersen, managing director of the Lao Brewery Company, and Dr. Somchittana Soulalay, senior pediatrician and assistant medical education director at LFHC.

Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice of York attended the gala and addressed the attendees.

More photos may be seen here.

Running for the Children

   This year’s Run for the Children Luang Prabang Half Marathon attracted throngs of runners from around the world, including a member of Britain’s Royal Family.

Her Royal Majesty Princess Beatrice of York donned her running shoes for the race. The princess is no stranger to long-distance running. She was the first royal to complete the London Marathon in 2010.

Proceeds from the race benefit Lao Friends Hospital for Children.

Photos of the event may be seen here.

Race results may be seen here.

Tokyo Makes a Difference

   Friends Without A Border’s 3rd Annual Tokyo Gala, Making A Difference, was deemed wonderful success, having raised more than ¥16.8 million (nearly $150,000 U.S.) on October 12.

A special thanks to the event committee members for organizing such an incredible event!

A grateful Friends Founder Kenro Izu noted that the proceeds from the event are equivalent to the cost of providing free medical care to more than 1,500 children. He added that the event also exceeded its Neonates Fund-A-Lifeline goal by raising ¥5.8 million ($51,870 U.S.), which would cover the hospitalization costs of 167 babies.

 Read more here.

Hong Kong Magic

   Friends Without A Border is extremely grateful to the supporters who made the Second Annual Hong Kong Gala a wonderful success.

The event raised more than $65,000. Thei theme of the gala was “The Magic of Caring” and the event featured prestidigitation by a strolling magician.

The event was held on Oct. 25 at the Renaissance Hong Kong Harbour View Hotel.

 Photos of the gala may be seen here.

GoFundMe Campaign Still Needs Your Help

   We’ve attained 30.1 percent of the goal in our GoFundMe campaign to raise money to purchase medicine for Lao Friends Hospital for Children. This warms our collective heart. Many thanks, donors!

However, we would like to push forward toward our goal. Please help. If you cannot make a contribution (or have already made a donation), please spread the word. Tell your family and friends. Post a link to our GoFundMe campaign on your Facebook page and your Instagram page. Tweet about it.

Help Friends on Giving Tuesday

   We are looking for a few Friends to help us on Gving Tuesday by creating fundraising pages on their social media sites for Friends Without A Border. Creating such a page on Facebook or CrowdRise is actually quite easy.

As you know, Giving Tuesday, the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving (here in the U.S.) is an international day of charitable giving.

For additional information, please send an email to our manager of communications, Gary Kane, at gary@fwab.org.

Holiday Shopping? Here’s a Gift That Saves Lives

 

We’re guessing that you haven’t finished your holiday shopping yet. Haven’t even begun?

Consider sending your family, friends and work colleagues a holiday gift that tells them you’ve made a donation in their name fo Friends Without A Border.

Truly a life-saving gift!

Please click on this link to learn more about this offer.

 

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October Newsletter

UPCOMING EVENTS

Tokyo Gala — Sold Out
Friday, October 12, at The Capitol Hotel Tokyu, Tokyo. For information, contactfriends@fwab.jp or Akiko@fwab.org.

Luang Prabang Half Marathon and Gala
October 19-21, Luang Prabang, Lao PDR. Click here for race registration
Click here for gala tickets.

Hong Kong Gala
Thursday, October 25 at the Renaissance Hong Kong Habour View Hotel. Click here for tickets.

20th Annual Friends of Friends Photography Auction
Wednesday, December 12, at The Highline Loft, 508 W. 26th St., New York City. Click here for more information.

 

VOLUNTEERS WANTED!
Physicians and Nurses

LFHC has a pressing need for nurses and physicians. The hospital is seeking pediatric, neonatal and operating room nurses.
If you know someone who might be interested in volunteering, please refer them to our website for more information.

LFHC Sets One-Month Record for Inpatients and ER Treatments

   Not only was August one of the rainiest months of the year in Laos, it was also the busiest month in the three-year history of Lao Friends Hospital for Children, according to the most recent data available.

Doctors and nurses working in the Outpatient Department and Emergency Room treated 2,039 children in August, the largest number of patients in a single month since the hospital opened in 2015. The outpatient numbers also have risen more than 200 percent in two years, LFHC administrators reported.

Inpatient numbers also were high, with more than 200 children hospitalized during August. Furthermore, these children have remained hospitalized for longer periods than in the past. Many were treated for bone infections, chronic skin wounds, malnutrition and encephalitis.

Read more here.

Neonatal Doctors and Nurses Save Another Life

   Doctors at Luang Prabang Provincial Hospital delivered Airnoy Xong in mid-August by performing a cesarean section. His mother had been rushed to the hospital because she was bleeding and doctors had diagnosed placenta previa, a pregnancy complication in which the placenta covers the woman’s cervix.

Born after a 32-week pregnancy, Airnoy Xong weighed less than four pounds. His family was told that the infant had very little chance of surviving. He was immediately brought to the Neonatal Unit at LFHC, where a doctor administered CPR and ensured an oxygen flow to his premature lungs.

Read more here.

LFHC, Provincial Hospital Share Imaging System

   In another cooperative venture, Lao Friends Hospital for Children and the Luang Prabang Provincial Hospital are jointly deploying a new medical imaging storage system that will save money and give doctors quick access to X-rays and other diagnostic images.

A team from the nonprofit organization, RAD-AID, has installed the Picture Archiving and Communications System (PACS) and is training technicians from both hospitals in its operation. Read more here.

Nurses Gain Additional Training in Anatomy

Soule with FWAB Executive Director Nicole Pagourgis

   Nurses at LFHC began this month to attend classes in the nursing anatomy curriculum. Instruction focuses on the nervous system. They’re learning about the brain and spinal cord and the way nerves control and regulate the body.

The hospital employs more than 40 nurses and they all receive continuous education from a Nurse Educator and a Lao Nurse Educator. In addition to classroom instruction, nurses gain hands-on training every day in the clinical areas of the hospital.

LFHC’s role as a teaching hospital is vital to the mission of Friends Without A Border: to train a new generation of Lao Health Care professionals who will spread their knowledge of modern pediatrics throughout Laos and Southeast Asia.

GoFundMe Campaign Needs Your Help

   We’ve attained 27 percent of the goal in our GoFundMe campaign to raise money to purchase medicine for Lao Friends Hospital for Children.

Please help us reach this goal. If you cannot make a contribution (or have already made a donation), please spread the word. Tell your family and friends. Post a link to our GoFundMe campaign on your Facebook page and your Instagram page. Tweet about it.

We are extremely grateful to those who have contributed to the campaign thus far.

Friends of Friends NY Event Boosts AHC

   More than 200 supporters of the Angkor Hospital for Children attended the 19th Annual Friend of Friends Event on Sept. 22 in Manhattan.

This year’s event netted about $25,000 for AHC, making it the most successful fundraiser for the hospital in recent memory, organizers said.

The event was held at a new location — the Royal Seafood Cuisine in New York City’s Chinatown — and attracted many new supporters as well as many longtime friends. Heartfelt thanks to everyone who made the event a night to remember! The annual event is organized by Cambodian Americans and their friends.

Friends Without A Border opened AHC in 1999, the first pediatric facility built and operated by the organization in Southeast Asia. AHC became an independent, self-managed hospital in 2013.

Southeast Asia Adventure Planned for Early 2019

   The staff and board members of Friends Without A Border will be traveling to Southeast Asia to celebrate the fourth anniversary of the opening of Lao Friends Hospital for Children on January 22 and the 20th anniversary of the Angkor Hospital for Children on January 25.

You are invited to join them for these momentous occasions. You’ll enjoy a custom-designed itinerary that will make the most of your trip. You’ll be taking advantage of our staff’s 20 years of learning the area and seeing the best of Southeast Asia in either a one- or two-week itinerary.

The adventure will take place in late January. You’ll tour sites in Laos and Cambodia for one week and have the option of adding a visit to Vietnam as a second week of the trip.

For more information about the journey, please contact Friends Without A Border Executive Director Nicole Pagourgis at nicole@fwab.org.

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September Newsletter

UPCOMING EVENTS

San Francisco Event
Thursday, Sept. 20, at Little GemRestaurant, 400 Grove St., Hayes Valley, San Francisco.

19th Annual Friends of Friends NY
Saturday, September 22, at Royal Seafood Cuisine, 103-105 Mott St., NYC. Click here for tickets.

Tokyo Gala
Friday, October 12, at The Capitol Hotel Tokyu, Tokyo. For information, contact friends@fwab.jp or Akiko@fwab.org.

Hong Kong Gala
Thursday, October 25. Click here for tickets.

Luang Prabang Half Marathon and Gala
October 19-21, Luang Prabang, Lao PDR.Click here for race registration
Click here for gala tickets.

20th Annual Friends of Friends Photography Auction
Wednesday, December 12, at The Highline Loft, 508 W. 26th St., NYC

 

VOLUNTEERS WANTED!
Physicians and Nurses

LFHC has a pressing need for nurses and physicians. The hospital is seeking pediatric, neonatal and operating room nurses.
If you know someone who might be interested in volunteering, please refer them to our website for more information.

Positions Available

LFHC is seeking candidates for the full-time position of Executive Director.
Further information is available on our website or can be obtained by contacting hr@fwablaos.org.

LFHC Therapists Help Khmu Boy Recover from Fall

   While climbing a tree near his home, 5-year-old Ker Hardjorng slipped and fell roughly 12 feet to the ground. The fall rendered him unconscious, so his worried parents immediately began an 11-hour journey to Lao Friends Hospital for Children.

Ker remained unconscious for several hours during the trip. Upon the family’s arrival at LFHC, doctors noted that Kerr seemed semi-conscious and clearly had suffered a leg fracture.

Ker’s family is Khmu, the largest minority ethnic group in northern Laos. Of course, the hospital employs staff members who are Khmu and they were available to serve as translators for the boy’s doctors and nurses.

The doctors ordered an emergency CT Scan, which showed a swelling of Ker’s brain and the presence of blood and fluid in the middle of the brain.

Ker was treated for his leg fracture and given medication to reduce his blood pressure and ease his pain, but there was doubt that he could survive the injuries.

Read about Ker’s amazing recovery here.

LFHC Doctor Selected for Residency Program

  Dr. Vilayvone Senkeo has been granted a place in the three-year Pediatric Residency program at the National Children’s Hospital in Vientaine. The Lao Pediatric Society selected her for the program and her tuition and living expenses will be covered by a donated scholarship. She will return to LFHC in 2021.

Dr. Senkeo started working at Lao Friends Hospital for Children in 2015 shortly after it opened its doors and began treating patients. She had just completed medical school in Vientiane and was thrilled to work in a new children’s hospital in her hometown.

The hospital administration and staff congratulate Dr. Vilayvone for this wonderful opportunity to continue her training. Read more here.

Nurse Completes Anesthesia Program

Soule with FWAB Executive Director Nicole Pagourgis

   Kuelee Lao Faiyia has successfully completed his comprehensive examination in the LFHC Nurse Anesthesia Program.

As part of the program, he administered anesthesia in more than 600 procedures at the hospital and attended classes in basic sciences, pharmacology, anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology and anesthesia management.

The program has been approved by the Luang Prabang Provincial Health Department and has been submitted for recognition by the International Federation of Nurse Anesthetists. Read more here.

GoFundMe Campaign Gains Support

   The GoFundMe team donated $1,000 to the fundraising campaign initiated on its website by Friends Without A Border. The donation was made as part of the team’s Gives Back Program.

We’ve noted in previous newsletters that our doctors and nurses are treating record numbers of children. As the caseload increases, so do many of the hospital’s expenses. Medicine is one of LFHC’s largest expenses.

We launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for medicine. Here’s a link to our GoFundMe page. We set our goal at $25,000. Yes, that seems like a lofty goal. But Friends Without A Border was founded upon a lofty goal: To ensure that no family loses a child because they cannot afford the medicine to save their child’s life.

Please help us reach this goal. If you cannot make a contribution, please spread the word. Tell your family and friends. Post a link to our GoFundMe campaign on your Facebook page and your Instagram page. Tweet about it.

We cannot thank you enough for your support.

Child Life Therapist to Study in Macau Program

Child Life Specialist Kongmeng Sialee has received a scholarship to spend September studying at the International School of Macau.

As a participant in the school’s Lao Outreach Program, he will learn how to interact more effectively with patients who have autism, development delay and speech problems. He will also have the opportunity to observe the school’s counselling, speech therapy and occupational therapy departments.

The International School of Macau started the outreach program in 2013 to allow teachers at the school to mentor educators from Lao PDR. The school formed a partnership with GLOBE, a Canadian nonprofit, and My Library in Luang Prabang to facilitate the program.

We are excited that Kongmeng has this chance to learn new skills, network with professionals from other countries and be an ambassador for LFHC.

Read more about Kongmeng here.

Lao Pop Star to Perform at Luang Prabang Gala

   The 2nd Annual Luang Prabang Gala will feature a performance by pop star/model Tot Lina.

Tot Lina is a unique artist who began her career soon after high school graduation in 2004 when she became a model in the Sinsay Cultural Club, which is sponsored by the Lao Ministry of Culture, Information and Travel. She was Lao Super Model in 2015 and 2016.

As a Lao and English speaker, she worked for the Lao National Radio Station before launching a career in music. In 2011, she released her first single, “Nightmare,” which won her the Best Pop Song of the Year Award at the 2012 Lao Music Awards.

The gala is planned for Friday, Oct. 19, at the Pullman Hotel Ballroom in Luang Prabang. Proceeds from the gala support Lao Friends Hospital for Children. Tickets for the event may be purchased here.

August Newsletter

UPCOMING EVENTS

19th Annual Friends of Friends NY
Saturday, September 22, at Royal Seafood Cuisine, 103-105 Mott St., NYC. Click here for tickets.

Tokyo Gala
Friday, October 12, at The Capitol Hotel Tokyu, Tokyo. For information, contact friends@fwab.jp or Akiko@fwab.org.

Hong Kong Gala
Thursday, October 25. Details will be forthcoming.

Luang Prabang Half Marathon and Gala
October 19-21, Luang Prabang, Lao PDR.Click here for race registration.

20th Annual Friends of Friends Photography Auction
Wednesday, December 12, at The Highline Loft, 508 W. 26th St., NYC

 

VOLUNTEERS WANTED!
Physicians and Nurses

LFHC has a pressing need for nurses and physicians. The hospital is seeking pediatric, neonatal and operating room nurses.
If you know someone who might be interested in volunteering, please refer them to our website for more information.

Positions Available

LFHC is seeking candidates for the full-time positions of Executive Director and Medical Education Director.
Further information is available on our website or can be obtained by contacting hr@fwablaos.org.

LFHC Forges Relationship with Red Cross

   LFHC recently developed a new and important relationship with the Swiss Red Cross.

Our hospital staff trained Red Cross health care workers from various districts in Laos in techniques designed to promote breastfeeding among new mothers. Our staff developed a two-day curriculum during which they taught 10 Swiss Red Cross and government employees how to counsel mothers on breastfeeding and proper diet. A focus of the effort is to stress the importance of breastfeeding to the health of a newborn infant.

This new relationship with the Swiss Red Cross furthers LFHC’s capacity-building efforts in the country. By maintaining an effective Outreach Team and working with other nonprofits, hospitals and the Lao government, LFHC is expanding its services and knowledge beyond its hospital walls.

A Volunteer’s Story: ‘Magical, Spiritual Setting’

   Aya Husni Bey, a therapeutic play practitioner and holistic counselor, recently wrote about her experiences as a volunteer at LFHC for the My Molatravel blog. She spent four months at the hospital and participated in the remarkable recovery of a six-year-old boy who fell from a tree and seemed to have no chance of surviving.

“Of course, the human body and spirit can be wonderfully unpredictable anywhere, but it seemed right and fitting to me that such an utterly confounding, joyful recovery would occur in this magical, spiritual setting,” Aya writes. Read her account of her time at LFHC here.

Friends Gallery Ready for Ribbon-Cutting

   The Grand Opening of the new Friends Gallery is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 18, the day before theSecond Annual Luang Prabang Gala.

The gallery is becoming a must-stop boutique for tourists. It offers the best in housewares, clothing,jewelry and textiles from such high-end shops as Hoi Sang, Carol Cassidy, Caruso Lao, Naga Creations, Ock Pop Tok, Anakha, Eric Raisina, Ma Te Sai, GAEBI and Gallery Asiama.

Gallery sales help finance operations of the hospital.

Proper Wound Care Saves Young Electric-Burn Victim

Soule with FWAB Executive Director Nicole Pagourgis

   Thirteen-year-old Maixong Yang was brought to LFHC in late June with a serious infection around an area where her right arm had been recently amputated.

She had been badly burned when she came into contact with an electric wire. She was taken to a hospital near her home and doctors there did everything they could, but her arm was so severely burned that it had to be amputated.

LFHC doctors immediately began to treat Maixong with cephalexin, an antibiotic effective in the treatment of skin and bone infections. The also adminstered the pain-killers paracetamol and ibuprofen and gave her multivitamins to boost her strength.

She has received several wound dressings and is responding well to treatment.

Doctors have treated several children for electrical burns since the hospital opened in 2015. A few patients have needed amputations. Such cases underscore the critical importance of proper wound care and the need for specific medications to fight infection — and our growing caseload has created a need to increase the hospital’s pharmacuetical supplies.

Friends Launches GoFundMe Campaign

   We’ve noted in previous newsletters that our doctors and nurses are treating record numbers of children. As the caseload increases, so do many of the hospital’s expenses. Medicine is one of LFHC’s largest expenses.

We’ve launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for medicine. Here’s a link to our GoFundMe page. We set our goal at $25,000. Yes, that seems like a lofty goal. But Friends Without A Border was founded upon a lofty goal: To ensure that no family loses a child because they cannot afford the medicine to save their child’s life.

Please help us reach this goal. If you cannot make a contribution, please spread the word. Tell your family and friends. Post a link to our GoFundMe campaign on your Facebook page and your Instagram page. Tweet about it.

We cannot thank you enough for your support.

Lab Tech Completes Training Course in Thailand

   Singkham Saiykhamheuang (Kham), a laboratory technician at LFHC, recently completed a two-week training course at Chiang Mai University in Thailand. The course included instruction in method validation, which is the process used to ensure that laboratory equipment functions properly and generates accurate results. Kham’s training is quite timely in that LFHC expects delivery of new lab equipment very soon. Kham is looking forward to applying his new knowledge to improve the quality of our existing lab equipment and running a project to introduce the new equipment next month.

The LFHC lab performed more than 3,280 tests during the first half of 2018.

July Newsletter

UPCOMING EVENTS

19th Annual Friends of Friends NY
Saturday, September 22, at Royal Seafood Cuisine, 103-105 Mott St., NYC. Click here for tickets.

Tokyo Gala
Friday, October 12, at The Capitol Hotel Tokyu, Tokyo. For information, contact friends@fwab.jp or Akiko@fwab.org.

Hong Kong Gala
Thursday, October 25. Details will be forthcoming.

Luang Prabang Half Marathon and Gala
October 19-21, Lunag Prabang, Lao PDR.Click here for race registration.

20th Annual Friends of Friends Photography Auction
Wednesday, December 12, at The Highline Loft, 508 W. 26th St., NYC

 

VOLUNTEERS WANTED!
Physicians and Nurses

LFHC has a pressing need for nurses and physicians. The hospital is seeking pediatric, neonatal and operating room nurses.
If you know someone who might be interested in volunteering, please refer them to our website for more information.

Positions Available

LFHC is seeking candidates for the full-time positions of Executive Director and Medical Education Director.
Further information is available on our website or can be obtained by contacting hr@fwablaos.org.

Outpatient, ER Set Caseload Records  

   Doctors and nurses working in the Outpatient Department and Emergency Room at LFHC are treating a substantially larger number of children than they did a year ago.

Families brought 3,481 children to the hospital in April and May for outpatient treatment. That’s a 52 percent increase in patients from the same two months in 2017. In the ER, where more serious cases are treated, the staff helped 865 children in April and May, a 94-percent increase from the same two months a year ago.

“The number of children presenting to the hospital and the severity of their conditions has been increasing steadily since the opening of the hospital,” noted Dr. Simon Young, LFHC’s executive director. “This ever increasing clinical activity creates enormous challenges in staffing and space.”

Neonatal Unit: A Lifeline for Premature Babies

   Baby Bang was born in the 27th week of his mother’s pregnancy and was immediately brought to the LFHC’s Neonatal Unit. As a premature baby, weighing a mere 2.4 pounds, he needed continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) for several weeks to help him breathe. He also needed a nasogastric tube for feeding.

Thanks to the specialized care provided by the doctors and nurses in the Neonatal Unit, Baby Bang is now starting to breastfeed and is slowly gaining weight. The LFHC team has been instructing his mother about the importance of breastfeeding – as they do with the mothers of all infants brought to the Neonatal Unit.

The specialized care needed by Baby Bang and other premature infants underscores the importance of our hospital’s Neonatal Unit. Thanks to your donations and support, LFHC is currently expanding the unit to accommodate a growing caseload.

Princess to Race for LFHC

   Can you outpace a member of the Royal Family in a half marathon?

You can have a go at it on October 21 by joining Princess Beatrice of York in Laos for the “Run for Children: Luang Prabang Half Marathon 2018.” Her Royal Highness, one of the granddaughters of Queen Elizabeth II of England, will participate in the race, as well as the activities surrounding the charity run.

Proceeds from the half marathon and Gala Dinner benefit the Lao Friends Hospital for Children. Princess Beatrice is a philanthropist who supports charities related to children’s welfare and education. She is also an avid runner and the first in the Royal Family to complete a marathon with friends to raise money for charities.

The half marathon takes place in the beautiful UNESCO heritage town of Luang Prabang, Laos. Runners weave through golden temples and past the serene banks of the Mekong and Nam Kham rivers. More than 1,200 from 42 countries participated in last year’s race.

Staff Receives Lessons in Leadership

Soule with FWAB Executive Director Nicole Pagourgis

   Shawn David, project manager at Global Health Services Network, recently returned to LFHC to conduct a second session of leadership training for our future department heads.

Shawn delivered five days of lectures, team-building exercises and interactive workshops. The sessions are designed to teach individuals how to lead rather than dictate and promote critical thinking within a team framework.

She said the staff showed noticeable development throughout the course as they grew in confidence daily, feeling more able to make difficult decisions and improve hospital standards. The training is conducted in an uplifting manner and features lots of games and laughter.

Shawn also conducted a three-day refresher course for staff members who attended the initial training last year.

LFHC’s New External Relations Director 

Anabella Coria Zavala has joined the staff at LFHC as the hospital’s director of external relations.

Anabella has worked for non-governmental organizations in Latin America and Asia in projects that focus on children’s rights and women’s empowerment.

In her role as director of external relations, she is responsible for fostering relationships with the Lao community and supervising operations of the Friends Gallery in Luang Prabang. She will also play an important role in organizing and promoting the Luang Prabang Half Marathon and the Luang Prabang Gala.

Anabella replaces Rie Tai, who left the position in late May to pursue a master’s degree in public health in the U.S.

Read more here.

LFHC Doctors Participate in BHC Program

   LFHC doctors Pom Sordaluck and Lakiher Leetongxay recently participated in the Observership Program at Boston Children’s Hospital. They paired with BCH physicians and physician assistants last month in the emergency room, intensive care units and throughout the cardiology department.

As a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, BCH has more than 1,000 physicians and researchers who are at the forefront of understanding and treating pediatric diseases and disorders.

The goal of the Observership Program is to facilitate knowledge transfer from BCH experts to advanced pediatric health care providers based in other countries through an informal, immersive shadowing program. Observers are given access to, the latest information, protocols, and best practices, as well as effective strategies to implement change when they return to their home institutions.

Many thanks to BCH for extending this learning opportunity to our staff! And a special thanks to Disty Pearson for being a gracious host to our two doctors in Boston!

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June Newsletter

UPCOMING EVENTS

19th Annual Friends of Friends NY
Saturday, September 22, at Royal Seafood Cuisine, 103-105 Mott St., NYC. Click here for tickets.

Tokyo Gala
Friday, October 12, at The Capitol Hotel Tokyu, Tokyo. For information, contact friends@fwab.jp or Akiko@fwab.org.

Luang Prabang Half Marathon and Gala
October 19-21, Lunag Prabang, Lao PDR.Click here for race registration.

20th Annual Friends of Friends Photography Auction
Wednesday, December 12, at The Highline Loft, 508 W. 26th St., NYC

 

VOLUNTEERS WANTED!
Physicians and Nurses

LFHC has an pressing need for nurses and physicians.
If you know someone who might be interested in volunteering, please refer them to our website for more information.

Positions Available

LFHC is looking to hire a Director of Nursing and a Nurse Educator to work at the hospital in Luang Prabang. Further information is available on our website or can be obtained by contacting hr@fwablaos.org.

Team Effort Rebuilds Lives of Child Burn Victims

 Burn victims are unfortunately quite common at LFHC.

Seven-year-old Liep Thannya was brought to LFHC in March after he grabbed an electrical wire, which resulted in severe burns to his right arm and leg.

Doctors performed several surgeries on Liep and had to amputate his right arm below the elbow. He has been recovering in LFHC and receiving physiotherapy. He has learned to become left-handed and has now mastered the use of chopsticks!

The staff was happy this month to see Liep riding a little tricycle through the hall of LFHC as part of his occupational therapy while his leg continues to heal. The child life therapy team has been with Liep every step of the way to comfort him during his long stay at the hospital. The nutrition team is working to improve his diet and he will continue physiotherapy to improve his mobility. It’s been a team effort to support Liep and we are so happy to see a smile on his face.

Friends Earns 2 Top Awards for Fiscal Efficiency

  Charity Navigator and GuideStar, two organizations that assess the financial performance of nonprofits, have each given their highest rating to Friends Without A Border. Charity Navigator, an independent watchdog of U.S.-based charities, awarded Friends a 4-star rating for “demonstrating strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency.” Four stars is the highest rating a nonprofit can achieve. Guidestar, the world’s largest source of information about nonprofits, awarded its 2018 Platinum Seal of Transparency on April 20 to Friends Without A Border. Read more here.

Child Life Specialist Awarded International Scholarship

Soule with FWAB Executive Director Nicole Pagourgis

   In early May, Kongmeng Sialee, the first and only Child Life Therapist at LFHC, was awarded one of five international scholarships by the Association of Child Life Professionals.

In granting the award, the ACLP noted that Kongmeng has successfully integrated psychosocial care into the care of practices at LFHC. He helps children cope during their hospital stay and prepares children for medical procedures by using therapeutic and medical play.

The award ceremony took place at the organization’s annual conference in Washington D.C. Kongmeng was joined by Friends Without A Border Executive Director Nicole Pagourgis at the conference. Read more here.

(Photo: Kongmeng Sailee and FWAB Executive Director Nicole Pagourgis)

Los Angeles: The Magic of Caring 

   More than 140 supporters of Friends Without A Border turned out on May 23 for our Los Angeles Event.

The event raised nearly $100,000. Proceeds help finance operations of LFHC.

Actor John Cho charmed the audience as the emcee and magician Michael Tetro provided the slight-of-hand in keeping with the event’s theme of “The Magic of Caring.”

Dr. Greg Thompson, former LFHC medical director, told the audience the touching story about the treatment of Baby Manner, the hospital’s first successful treament of an infant born with gastroschisis. And the event included a special appearance by Kazumi Akao, director of the Outreach Program at LFHC, who is featured in the video “Story of Thongsy,” which was produced by Friends Without A Border.

(Photo: Actor John Cho chats with Friends Without A Border Founder Kenro Izu)

May Newsletter

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Los Angeles Event
Wednesday, May 23, at the Spring restaurant. Actor John Cho will be the emcee for the event. Click here for tickets.

19th Annual Friends of Friends NY
Saturday, September 22, at Royal Seafood Cuisine, 103-105 Mott St., NYCClick here for tickets.

Tokyo Gala
Friday, October 12, at The Capitol Hotel Tokyu, Tokyo. For information, contact friends@fwab.jp.

20th Annual Friends of Friends Photography Auction
Wednesday, December 12, at The Highline Loft, 508 W. 26th St., NYC

VOLUNTEERS WANTED!
Physicians

LFHC has an pressing need for physicians.
If you know someone who might be interested in volunteering, please refer them to our website for more information.

Position Available

LFHC is looking to hire an English teacher/coordinator to work at the hospital in Luang Prabang. The individual will teach written and spoken English to Lao medical, nursing and administrative staff. For further information contact hr@fwablaos.org.

New Wheelchairs Bring Smiles to Young Faces

   LFHC has been trying for quite some time to obtain wheelchairs for children who need them. Wheelchairs for Kids, a nonprofit organization based in Perth, Australia, recently donated wheelchairs for 11 children at our hospital. The organization also trained our staff in how to fit them to individual children. The region’s dirt roads and poor infrastructure make it difficult for these children to attend school — or move around at all. Their new wheelchairs are durable enough to support the children on dirt roads and we hope they will open up new opportunities for them.

Friendly Competition Sparks Blood Drive

   There is only one blood bank in Luang Prabang to support six hospitals in the region. Blood supply is low and we often cannot provide transfusions for all the patients who need them. To help increase the blood supply, LFHC hosted a two-week blood drive competition among our staff. Everyone was divided into different teams and the teams with the largest number of blood donors won a prize! During the competition, 18 staff members donated, many of them donating for the first time! “I was first afraid of donating, but it didn’t hurt at all and I felt good helping other people,” said one donor. Thank-you to all the staff who participated!

Nutritionist Serves Up Dietary Education

  Malnutrition is still an extremely common condition in Lao PDR. Our clinical team is treating malnourished patients with therapeutic supplements. However, it is also crucial to educate families about the importance of a nutritional diet. Soulee Chakeryere, our nutritionist, recently conducted a cooking demonstration on how to prepare a nutritious porridge. It is easy to make with readily available ingredients.

Sweet 16: Record Crowd Turns Out for 16th NY Gala

   More than 325 people filled the Edison Ballroom in Manhattan on April 5 and their overwhelming generosity made the 16th Annual New York Gala a smashing success. The fundraising event grossed more than $465,000. Attendees were treated to the premier of “Song of Thongsy,” a video that offers a look at the amazing work being performed by the doctors, nurses and staff at LFHC.

Click here for more information.
Watch the video here.

Also Noteworthy

FWAB Honorees

FWAB Honorees

Martina Hund-Mejean became the first recipient of the Friends Without A Border Excellence in Corporate Leadership Award at our 16th Annual New York Gala on April 5. Longtime Board of Directors member and former Board Chairman Michael Stern was presented the Best Friend of Friends Award at the event.

Research Published 

Dovepress in New Zealand recently published an academic research paper produced by The Lake Clinic in Cambodia. The paper addressed the knowledge and preventative behaviors of caregivers treating children in two floating villages on the Tonie Sap Lake. This is the second academic paper that TLC has had published. The paper can be viewed here.

Renovations Progressing

Relocating the Neonatal Unit into the former children’s ward at the Provincial Hospital encountered a few unexpected roadblocks that required extensive consideration and negotiation. However, the planned renovation of the space is back on track. Recruitment and training of staff for this area are underway.

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