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August Newsletter

UPCOMING EVENTS

Friends of Friends New York Fundraising Event

The 20th annual fundraiser for Angkor Hospital for Children is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 12, in Manhattan. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets and tables.

Third Annual Luang Prabang Gala

The fundraising event is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 18, at the Pullman Hotel in Luang Prabang, Lao PDR. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets and tables.

The Carlsberg Classic Golf Tournament

The fundraising tournament is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 19, in Luang Prabang. Proceeds benefit Lao Friends Hospital for Children. Details are forthcoming.

7th Run for the Children: Luang Prabang Half Marathon

The annual charity race is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 20. Information about the race and online registration are available here.

POSITION AVAILABLE!

LFHC is seeking a Supervising Pediatrician to serve a one-year commitment. This is a salaried position. Information about the position and how to apply can be found here.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

The hospital is seeking a Human Resources Specialist to serve as a volunteer to train the HR staff. Details can be found here.

LFHC is also looking for a Neonatal Nurse to volunteer for a period of 6-12 months. Information about the Neonatal Nurse position and how to apply can be found here.

The hospital is also seekingexperienced doctors and nurses to serve as volunteers. Information can be found here.

 

 

 

 

LFHC Saves Infant with Rare Chest-Fluid Affliction

   Immediately after Airnoy Khamyai was born in early June, doctors noticed he was having difficulty breathing. LFHC staff drained fluid from the infant’s chest and soon determined that he was afflicted with congenital chylothorax, a rare life-threatening anomaly that causes a substance called chyle to accumulate in the chest.

Dr. Shaun O’Dell, a volunteer neonatologist from Utah, helped the LFHC staff provide the specialized care that Khamyai needed. The nutrition team offered recommendations about feeding the infant and the lab techs centrifuged his breast milk to separate and remove the fat from the milk to reduce chest fluid.

After a little more than a month of intensive care in the Neonatal Unit, Khamyai and his parents returned to their home.

Read more here.

Two LFHC Doctors Begin Pediatric Residency Program

 Dr. Phoumy Manivong, left, and Dr. Bounloth Sordaluck

   Two LFHC doctors will begin training in the Pediatric Residency Program in Vientiane, having finished among the top candidates in a highly competitive, national selection process.

Dr. Bounloth Sordaluck (on right in photo) and Dr. Phoumy Manivong were awarded placements in the three-year program.

Dr. Sordaluck is from Sainyabuli Province and has been working at LFHC for nearly three years. Dr. Manivong is from Vientiane and has been working at LFHC for more than four years. Both said they are eager to gain knowledge and experience in pediatrics because LFHC is treating a growing number of children and handling more complicated medical cases.

Congratulations to both!

Read more here.

Dozens of Children Treated in Dengue Outbreak

 Dr. Phoumy Manivong, left, and Dr. Bounloth Sordaluck

   LFHC has treated 56 laboratory-confirmed cases of dengue since August 1 and handled more than 70 cases in July.

This year’s dengue outbreak far exceeds last year’s outbreak of the mosquito-borne viral disease.

Symptoms typically begin three to 14 days after infection and may include high fever, vomiting, muscle and joint pain and skin rash.

Doctors examine children suspected of being afflicted with dengue, order basic blood tests and compile each patient’s medical history.

Many children suffering from dengue can be managed as outpatients. These patients often return to the Outpatient Department for repeat examinations and evaluations.

Some dengue patients are hospitalized and more closely monitored and given IV fluids.

Kudos to LFHC’s Top English Students

   Congratulations to the Top Students in LFHC English classes during 2018-19 academic year!

The top performers were Nurse Khamxai Xongyikhangsuthpr, Nurse Siamphone Ounsavath, Operating Theatre Nurse Vandee Xiong, Dr. Bounma Sengmanee (Ly) and Pharmacist Thatsadalin Lapphavong (Linda).

As part of their continuous training to become better health-care professionals, LFHC staff participates in English classes at different competency levels with Ajan(teacher) Margaret Froude

Help Create the Pediatric Surgery Fund 

   Children stricken with cancer and heart maladies in northern Laos are dying because their families cannot afford the surgery that could save their lives.

LFHC has neither a staff oncologist nor a heart surgeon. Our doctors must refer children who need such specialists to hospitals in Vientiane or Bangkok. The parents of these children simply don’t have the money to pay for the expensive surgeries at these hospitals. They often return home and their children die.

To save these children we ask you to help launch our Pediatric Surgery Fund. Please click here to make a donation. As always, we thank you for your generous support.

Pedal for the Children

   Tiger Trail, a tour agency in Luang Prabang specializing in biking tours, is offering cyclists packages that promise participants adventure and the opportunity to support Lao Friends Hospital for Children.

Information about these challenging charity bike rides can be found here.

Donate to the charity ride campaign here.

LFHC Doctors Begin Pediatric Training in Vientiane

Two LFHC doctors will soon begin training in the Pediatric Residency Program in Vientiane, having finished among the top candidates in a highly competitive, national selection process.

Dr. Bounloth Sordaluck and Dr. Phoumy Manivong were awarded placements in the three-year program.

Dr. Sordaluck is from Sainyabuli Province and has been working at LFHC for nearly three years. Dr. Manivong is from Vientiane and has been working at LFHC for more than four years. Both said they were eager to gain knowledge and experience in pediatrics because LFHC is treating a growing number of children and handling more complicated medical cases.

The two doctors had to pass a written exam and performance review at LFHC, as well as a written examination in Vientiane, to qualify for the program. During their three years of training, they will rotate among three hospitals.

LFHC will continue to pay the doctors’ salaries. They are expected to return to LFHC at the end of their training and will serve as faculty members in a new pediatric training program being developed by LFHC Medical Education Director Dr. Rathi Guhadasan.

Congratulations to Drs. Sordaluck and Manivong!

LFHC Saves Infant with Rare Chest-Fluid Affliction

Immediately after Airnoy Khamyai was born in early June, doctors noticed he was having difficulty breathing. The delivery room summoned help from LFHC and its team quickly treated the infant with positive pressure ventilation and took him to our hospital’s Emergency Room.

A chest X-ray revealed a large amount of fluid in the right side of the newborn’s chest. Ultrasound imaging confirmed the presence of fluid.

The staff drained more than 100 milliliters (a little more than 3 fluid ounces) from Khamyai’s chest and his breathing quickly improved.Doctors continued to drain fluid during the next day and noticed that the amount was increasing and thickening as the infant’s mother began breastfeeding. This prompted the doctors to make a rare diagnosis of congenital chylothorax, a life-threatening anomaly that causes a substance called chyle to accumulate in the chest.

Dr. Shaun O’Dell, a volunteer neonatologist from Utah, helped the LFHC staff provide the specialized care that Khamyai needed. The nutrition team offered recommendations about feeding the infant and the lab techs centrifuged his breast milk to separate and remove the fat from the milk to reduce chest fluid.

Khamyai and his mother recently returned to LFHC for a follow-up visit. They are pictured here with Dr. Toulayang Briaxa (Joy) and Medical Director Dr. Lisa Rynn (holding the infant).


Infants with this condition need a special type of fat-free baby formula, called MCT formula, which is very expensive and not readily available. A very generous donation through the LFHC Outreach Program provided the special formula that Khamyai required.

After a little more than a month of intensive care in the Neonatal Unit, Khamyai and his parents returned to their home. His family will need to continue feeding him with MCT formula, give him his medications and bring him to LFHC for frequent check-ups and ultrasounds.

July Newsletter

UPCOMING EVENTS

Friends of Friends New York Fundraising Event

The 20th annual fundraiser for Angkor Hospital for Children is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 12, in Manhattan. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets and tables.

Third Annual Luang Prabang Gala

The fundraising event is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 18. Details are forthcoming.

The Carlsberg Classic Golf Tournament

The fundraising tournament is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 19. Proceeds benefit Lao Friends Hospital for Children. Details are forthcoming.

7th Run for the Children: Luang Prabang Half Marathon

The annual charity race is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 20. Information about the race and online registration are available here.

POSITIONS AVAILABLE!

LFHC is seeking a Human Resources Specialist to serve as a volunteer to train the HR staff at the hospital.Details can be found here.

The hospital is also seekingexperienced doctors and nurses to serve as volunteers. Information can be found here.

LFHC also seeks a Supervising Pediatrician to serve a one-year commitment and a Neonatal Nurse for a period of 6-12 months. Information about the Supervising Pediatrician position and how to applycan be found here. Information about the Neonatal Nurse position and how to apply can be found here.

 

LFHC Participates in Major Research Study of Beriberi 

   Thiamine deficiency, commonly referred to as beriberi, is rampant among the patients brought to Lao Friends Hospital for Children, especially among the poorest and most isolated rural children. Without quick treatment, most of these children would die.

By caring for hundreds of children per year with a disease that is found throughout rural populations in Asia and Africa, LFHC has the opportunity to become a center of excellence for patient care, education, and research into beriberi and milder forms of thiamine deficiency.

We are thus proud to have partnered with colleagues at the Institute for Global Nutrition at the University of California, Davis and the Lao Tropical and Public Health Institute to undertake what may be the world’s most comprehensive study into the physiology and pathology of thiamine deficiency in infants. Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a large team of researchers has joined LFHC to enroll nearly 700 hospitalized children over the course of the next year who have illnesses consistent with severe thiamine deficiency.

Read more here.

Nurse Anesthetists Program Gains International Recognition 

   LFHC’s process of training nurses in anesthesiology recently gained formal recognition by the International Federation of Nurse Anesthetists.

Three staff members have met all the educational requirements to become graduates of the LFHC Nurse Anesthesia Program. Noy Keopaseuth and Si Ly are the latest graduates. They join nurse anesthetist Kuelee Lao Faiyia, who graduated from the program last year.

The scope of LFHC’s program has already been approved by the Luang Prabang Department of Health.

The three LFHC nurses spent 5-7 months at Angkor Hospital for Children as part of their education. The nurse anesthetists at AHC have received the Golden Apple award from the Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO) organization for their teaching program in 2019.

In the next six months, Kulee will be traveling to the United Kingdom to observe anesthesia care and Si Ly will travel to Pittsburgh to observe anesthesia care.

Read more here.

Surgeons Save Teen Injured in Motorbike Accident

   A motorbike accident left 14-year-old Thong unconscious and injured, so his family rushed him to nearby Nambak District Hospital, where he was treated for his wounds and then referred to Lao Friends Hospital for Children.

After a five-hour journey, Thong and his parents arrived at LFHC. Emergency Room doctors immediately noted that the boy exhibited symptoms indicative of a severe head injury.

A surgical team successfully relieved the pressure from an epidural hemorrhage and Thong gradually recovered during a two-week hospital stay.

Read about his treatment and recovery here.

Luang Prabang Cares: Blood Drive Week 2019

   The Luang Prabang community came together last month to donate blood and support Lao Friends Hospital for Children and the Lao Red Cross in raising awareness about the need for blood donations.

A total of 171 blood donors contributed to the five-day campaign, which ended on World Blood Donor Day (June 14) – 60 more donors than the 2018 campaign.

The donated blood is used at LFHC during surgeries and for transfusions needed by children afflicted with thalassemia, an inherited blood disorder.

View more photos from the campaign here.

Support the Run with Heart Team

   Runners planning to participate in this year’s Run for the Children Luang Prabang Half Marathon are not only training for the event but also busy setting up crowdfunding sites.

One group of runners, the Run with Heart team, invites you to join them for the half marathon or to support their effort by making a donation to their Crowdrise campaign.

The team includes runners from the local community who are participating in the annual charity race to raise money to support Lao Friends Hospital for Children.

The annual half marathon is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 20, in Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in northern Lao PDR.

Information about donating to the race or setting up your own Crowdrise campaign can be found here.

You can donate to support the Run with Heart team here.

  Information about the race and how to register can be seen here.

LFHC Participates in Beriberi Research Project

Thiamine deficiency is rampant among the patients we care for at Lao Friends Hospital for Children, especially among our poorest and most rural children. We see children with severe thiamine deficiency — known as beriberi — on an almost daily basis in children only a few months old.

Without quick treatment, most of these children would die. We often hear sad stories about how a mother has lost several babies in the past with similar symptoms — almost surely beriberi. Beyond these children with very severe disease, nearly every infant has some degree of thiamine deficiency that hasn’t yet become so severe as to risk their life.

Indeed, if there were one single disease that were to define our hospital, it would be beriberi. By caring for hundreds of children per year with a disease that is found throughout rural populations in Asia and Africa, LFHC has the opportunity to become a center of excellence for patient care, education, and research into beriberi and more milder forms of thiamine deficiency. We are thus proud to have partnered with colleagues at the Institute for Global Nutrition at the University of California, Davis and the Lao Tropical and Public Health Institute, to undertake what may be the world’s most comprehensive study into the physiology and pathology of thiamine deficiency in infants. Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a large team of researchers has joined LFHC to enroll nearly 700 hospitalized children over the course of the next year who have illnesses consistent with severe thiamine deficiency.

We are very excited to take part in this work — the hospital’s first large research study. As a tertiary-care teaching hospital, we feel obligated to help advance the state of knowledge by conducting research studies into diseases that affect children near and far.

The training that our staff will receive as part of the study will also help develop them into independent investigators in the future, helping empower them in yet another way to be the best pediatric care providers in the country.

More information on the study is available at the project web site: https://picn.ucdavis.edu/research/research_proj/lao-thiamine-study

 

LFHC Nurse Anesthetist Program Gains International Recognition

The hospital’s process of training nurses in anesthesiology recently gained formal recognition by the International Federation of Nurse Anesthetists.

 

Three staff members have met all the educational requirements to become graduates of the LFHC Nurse Anesthesia Program. Noy Keopaseuth and Si Ly are the latest graduates. They join nurse anesthetist Kuelee Lao Faiyia, who graduated from the program last year.

 

The scope of LFHC’s program has already been approved by the Luang Prabang Department of Health.


The three LFHC nurses spent 5-7 months at Angkor Hospital for Children as part of their education. The nurse anesthetists at AHC have received the Golden Apple award from the Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO) organization for their teaching program in 2019.

Friends Without A Border Founder Kenro Izu and Richard Henker, a member of the HVO Board of Directors and a professor of nurse anesthesia at the University of Pittsburgh, initiated the creation of the nurse anesthesia education program at LFHC.

Recognition of the nurse anesthesia program at LFHC by IFNA requires a didactic curriculum and clinical component with anesthetic management of 550 cases.  In addition, nurses in the program are required to take a comprehensive exam.

Educational experiences for the program have included teaching by HVO volunteers in addition to using APEX and Khan Academy, online programs incorporated into many nurse anesthesia programs in the United States.

Clinical instruction was provided mostly at AHC but also at Mahosot Hospital in Vientianne, and Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok.

In the next six months, Kulee will be traveling to the United Kingdom to observe anesthesia care and Si Ly will travel to Pittsburgh to observe anesthesia care. The goal for the LFHC nurse anesthetists in the future is to teach others in the region how to provide high-level anesthesia care.

Luang Prabang Cares: Blood Drive Week 2019

The Luang Prabang community came together last month to donate blood and support Lao Friends Hospital for Children and the Lao Red Cross in raising awareness about the need for blood donations.

A total of 171 blood donors contributed to the five-day campaign, which ended on World Blood Donor Day (June 14) – 60 more donors than the 2018 campaign.

The donated blood is used at LFHC during surgeries and for transfusions needed by children afflicted with thalassemia, an inherited blood disorder.

The campaign featured a Team Challenge, a competition among the many local restaurants, hotels and businesses. The team that brought the most staff to donate blood won incredible prizes generously donated by Accor Hotels Luang Prabang. The winning team this year was the staff of Kiridara Luang Prabang.

Many people who came to donate blood did so for the first time!

The hospital encourages people who donated during this campaign, to continue giving blood throughout the year. In Laos, men can donate every three months and women can donate every four months.

Thank you to everyone who participated and who #giveLuangPrabangblood.

 

Surgeons Save Teen Injured in Motorbike Crash

A motorbike accident left 14-year-old Thong unconscious and injured, so his family rushed him to nearby Nambak District Hospital, where he was treated for his wounds and then referred to Lao Friends Hospital for Children.

After a five-hour journey, Thong and his parents arrived at LFHC. Emergency Room doctors immediately noted that the boy exhibited symptoms indicative of a head injury. They ordered a CT scan which showed an epidural hemorrhage — bleeding between the outer membrane of the brain and the skull.

Thong was taken to the Operating Theatre where surgeons inserted a drain tube to relieve the pressure on his brain.

Thong initially experienced a great deal of pain and was unable to feed himself. He remained hospitalized for two weeks, during which time he received nutrition through a nasogastric tube. The staff also treated his wounds and ensured that he received appropriate medications. His family never left his side.

Thong’s condition gradually improved. His pain subsided. He began to walk again and eat and drink. Doctors removed the drain tube from his head.

Thong was clearly happy that he was able to return to his home. His family was very grateful that the LFHC doctors and staff had saved their son’s life.

June Newsletter

UPCOMING EVENTS

Friends of Friends New York Fundraising Event

The 20th annual fundraiser is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 12, in Manhattan. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets and tables.

Third Annual Luang Prabang Gala

The fundraising event is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 18. Details are forthcoming.

The Carlsberg Classic Golf Tournament

The fundraising tournament is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 19 in Luang Prabang. Details are forthcoming.

7th Run for the Children: Luang Prabang Half Marathon

The annual charity race is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 20. Information about the race and online registration are available here.

POSITIONS AVAILABLE!

LFHC is seeking a Human Resources Specialist to serve as a volunteer to train the HR staff at the hospital.Details can be found here.

The hospital is also seekingexperienced doctors and nurses to serve as volunteers during the months of June, July and August. Information can be found here.

LFHC also seeks a Supervising Pediatrician to serve a one-year commitment and a Neonatal Nurse for a period of 6-12 months. The Neonatal Nurse position 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 Welcomes New Staff to Management Team

   LFHC is welcoming three new staff members to its management team.

   Mark Gorman, who most recently served as the interim country director of World Education Laos, joins the staff as the hospital’s Executive Director.

Mark brings 40 years of experience in the administration of nonprofits and public entities to LFHC. He speaks English, French, Lao and Thai.

   Dr. Lisa Rynn, who has taught pediatrics in Uganda, is the hospital’s new Medical Director.

Lisa is a graduate of New York Medical College and is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. Since completing her residency, she has working in a variety of clinical settings in Philadelphia and Uganda.

   Amalia Berger, a registered nurse who most recently worked with Medical Teams International in Bangladesh, is the hospital’s new Nursing Educator.

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Amalia worked more than three years in the Emergency Department of the university’s hospital. In Bangladesh, she worked with teams treating Rohingya refugees.

 Read more here.

RAD-AID Brings Cloud Computing to LFHC

   LFHC has taken a step “deep into the 21st century” with a new capability to store X-rays and other diagnostic images via cloud computing – thanks to the nonprofit RAD-AID organization.

RAD-AID recently linked the hospital to its Friendship Cloud, which it formed in a partnership with Google Cloud, Ambra Health and Tribalco. LFHC is the first hospital to use the RAD-AID Friendship Cloud and has already stored more than 14,000 patient files on it – making the hospital’s patient care more efficient and effective.

Read more here.

Four Stars for Friends Without A Border!

   Charity Navigator, an independent watchdog of U.S.-based charities, has once again awarded four stars, its highest rating, to Friends Without A Border. A four-star rating is given to nonprofits that demonstrate strong financial health and a commitment to accountability and transparency.

This is the fourth consecutive year that Friends Without A Border has earned a four-star rating by Charity Navigator. Read more here.

LFHC Compassionate Care Helps Boy Recover from Severe Head Wound

   Six-year-old Jack Nouseng was recently struck by a car and dragged along the ground — an accident that left him unconscious with cuts on his shoulder and legs and a very large gash on his scalp.

When Jack arrived at LFHC, the Emergency Department staff immediately recognized that he had a large portion of skin, muscle and tissue torn away from his scalp, exposing his skull. As this poses a high risk for infection, the staff quickly cleaned his wounds, gave him antibiotics, and helped alleviate his pain.

LFHC’s surgeons and Operating Theater team have been taking meticulous care of Jack’s wounds every 2-3 days to ward off infection. After more than a month at LFHC, he has become a close friend to all of our nurses, doctors, therapists and staff. He is now often found running around and playing with the other kids.

Read more here.

LFHC Launches Second Blood Drive Week

   During the second week of June, LFHC organized the Second Luang Prabang Blood Drive Week to encourage blood donations in Luang Prabang.

In preparation for this campaign, the hospital staff formed teams and participated in a blood donation competition. Twenty staff members donated blood during the competition, many for their first time.

Our staff see the need for donated blood every day and the frequent blood shortages. It is important for our staff to be blood donors because it encourages other members of the community to donate.

Prior to the Blood Drive Week, Friends Gallery Manager Anoulas Siraphapa and Laboratory Manager Anousine Phonedala conducted educational sessions about blood donations at various businesses and schools around town. They spoke in Lao to more than 100 people at 10 information sessions in Luang Prabang.

Campaign Plants 100 Trees!

   LFHC conducted a Plant a Tree Campaign during the last two weeks of May as part of an initiative started by Mila Douangmixay, who is Miss Luang Prabang New Year 2019, and supported by Nahm Dong Park Luang Prabang.

Local residents and visitors were invited to the Friends Gallery to make a donation to the hospital in return for a tree or plant. This campaign was very well received and many people from the Luang Prabang community learned about the work we do at LFHC. And many donated for the first time! The event raised over LAK24,000,000 (about $2,775) and 100 trees were donated!

As part of the initiative, some friends also donated water, milk, soap, noodles, biscuits, notebooks and other items that were delivered to patients and families at LFHC to celebrate International Children’s Day on June 1.

A Tae Kwon Do group, Mila’s friends and community supporters, along with LFHC staff were present for games, storytelling, and planting trees at LFHC to celebrate both children and trees.

Thank you to everyone who participated in this exciting campaign!

LFHC Welcomes New Staff to Management Team

LFHC is welcoming three new staff members to its management team.

Mark Gorman, who most recently served as the Interim Country Director of World Education Laos (WEL), will become the hospital’s Executive Director in September.

Mark brings 40 years of experience in the administration of nonprofits and public entities to LFHC. He speaks English, French, Lao and Thai.

Prior to being the interim director at WEL for four months last year, he served as that NGO’s Country Director in Laos from May of 2010 to October 2013. During that time, he spearheaded education and awareness projects related to unexploded land mines, as well as various programs aimed at economic development and increasing medical capacity. As director, Mark represented WEL at meetings with senior officials of the Lao government officials, the UN and the U.S. State Department.

Prior to working at WEL, Mark worked several years in Thailand for the International Rescue Committee. Mark served in the Peace Corps in the Central African Republic after earning a graduate degree in public health at the University of Hawaii in 1982.

Dr. Lisa Rynn, who has taught pediatrics in Uganda, is the hospital’s new Medical Director.

Lisa is a graduate of New York Medical College, where she was a Primary Care Research Fellow. She performed her residency in pediatrics at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia.

Prior to joining the LFHC staff, Lisa worked as the Attending Physician in Emergency Medicine at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia. She worked nearly seven years in emergency medicine in hospitals in Pennsylvania.

In Uganda, Lisa served as a visiting faculty member in pediatrics at universities in Mbale and Gulu.

She is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics.

Amalia Berger, a registered nurse who most recently worked with Medical Teams International in Bangladesh, is the hospital’s new Nursing Educator.

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Amalia also earned a Masters in the Science of Nursing there. She worked more than three years in the Emergency Department of the university’s hospital.

Amalia first worked in Bangladesh in October 2018 as a nurse with the Hope Foundation for the Women and Children of Bangladesh. She served as a health coordinator and mentor for the nursing staff at a new hospital in the Kutupalong Refugee Camp.

She joined Medical Teams International in January to support the Joint Rohingya Response Program, which helps local health care workers provide primary care to people at the Kutupalong Refugee Camp.