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Phonxay Staff Trains at LFHC

LFHC recently provided training for 10 nurses and medical assistants from health centers in Phonxay District, Luang Prabang.

The two-week training session, titled “Right Diagnosis, Right Treatment,” was commissioned by the Provincial Health Department (PHD) and Swiss Red Cross and conducted at LFHC. It focused on common pediatric conditions that these practitioners regularly face in their health centers, such as respiratory infections, thiamine deficiency, dehydration from diarrhea and seizures.

LFHC Medical Education Director, Dr. Rathi Guhadasan, developed the curriculum and content for the course in conjunction with our senior Lao doctors. The course included 22 hours of classroom-based teaching and 91-95 hours of clinical practice per participant. The classroom-based tutorials included case-based scenarios, giving participants time to process and apply taught theory.

Participants were paired with Lao doctors for the clinical placements, which gave them intensive one-on-one coaching and many opportunities to practice basic but essential skills such as evaluation and diagnosis of acute problems, how to give oxygen and accurate drug and IV fluid prescribing for children.

The participants were divided into two groups and pre- and post-course testing showed an improvement in scores by 24% and 32% for the two groups. The participants’ feedback was very positive, citing the quality of the teaching and the patience and attentiveness of the teachers, who would take extra time to ensure that the students understood. The feedback from the PHD was also positive.

LFHC plans to provide follow-up training at Phonxay District in the future, to ensure that the participants are able to implement what they had learned when they are treating children.

Neonatal Staff Saves Life of 1kg Infant

A newborn infant admitted to our Neonatal Unit typically spends less than a week there. However, some babies cannot survive without a lengthier stay. Airnoy Sounie needed more than two months of the intensive care provided by the unit’s doctors and nurses.

Airnoy Sounie was born prematurely at only 28 weeks gestation. The LFHC team was asked to attend his delivery at the neighboring Provincial Hospital and immediately provided resuscitation and the care necessary to help him survive. He weighed less than 1 kg (about two pounds) at the time of his birth.

In the Neonatal Unit, he was placed on a CPAP machine to help him breathe, given  IV fluids and fed by a nasogastric tube. He was also given many medications to help treat infections, prevent apnea and help close a PDA (patent ductus arteriosus, an extra blood vessel found in newborn babies that could cause blood to flow into the lungs).

After several weeks, Airnoy Sounie gained the ability to breathe without support and learned to breastfeed. His weight nearly doubled and he was about to be sent home with his parents, who were always with him at the hospital.

The family lives in Luang Prabang and expressed their gratitude to the hospital staff for all the care and support of their baby.

Gala Dinner Attracts 150 Hospital Supporters

More than 150 people gathered on Oct. 18 at the Pullman Hotel in Luang Prabang for the Lao Friends Third Annual Gala Dinner.

The event, which benefits Lao Friends Hospital for Children, featured a special musical performance by JoJo Miracle and a welcoming dance performance by Puang Champa Cultural House.

Attendees included Miss Universe Laos 2019 and Miss International Laos 2019 as well as Laotian Pop Star Tot Lina.

Friends Without A Border presented its Best Friends of Friends award to Team We Run, which competed in the half marathon fundraiser two days later. The organization presented its Making a Difference award to Linfox, an Australian logistics and supply chain company.

 

September Newsletter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LFHC Sets Monthly Caseload Record

The dedicated doctors, nurses and other health-care providers at LFHC handled 3,019 medical cases in August – the highest monthly caseload since the hospital opened in 2015.

The growing caseload testifies to the high quality of care offered at the hospital.

 

 

 

 

LFHC Saves Malnourished Baby

   The parents of a 9-month-old child named Malisa became very concerned when she experienced bouts of vomiting for four days and had lost her appetite.

They brought their baby to the LFHC Outpatient Department, where the staff conducted an evaluation and compared Malisa’s weight and size to what would be expected for a child her age. The staff determined that Melisa was suffering from severe protein-calorie malnutrition.

The LFHC nutritionist instructed Malisa’s parents about proper nutrition and how to care for their daughter with RUTF (ready to use therapeutic food).

After several months, she had gained enough weight to leave the severe malnutrition program.

Last year, more than 150 children were treated for severe or moderate malnutrition. The hospital’s therapeutic food program is designed to dramatically reduce the need to hospitalize malnourished children for long periods.

   Read more here.

 

LFHC Nurse Anesthetist Observes Procedures in US

Nurse anesthetist Si Lee recently returned to LFHC after visiting the U.S. to observe anesthesia procedures at medical facilities in Pittsburgh.

Si received a Warfield Scholarship from Health Volunteers Overseas, a Washington D.C. nonprofit, to observe clinical activities at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center-Presbyterian, West Penn Hospital and UPMC Children’s Hospital.

   Read more here.

 

 

 

Rugged Road to Health Care

 

The LFHC Outreach Team must conquer nearly impassable mountain roads to provide medical care to isolated families in northern Laos.

The team logged 446 visits last year to villages far and wide.

    Click here to watch a brief video of their bumpy ride.

 

 

 

 

Funny Garden Hosts Fundraiser for LFHC

   Funny Garden at Indigo Farm recently played host to a weekend fundraiser for LFHC.

Children and their families were treated to such activities as archery, pedal boats, zip line and table tennis. The site also features a water playground for children. Hospital staff and volunteers joined in the fun.

The event was sponsored by Indigo Farm, an organic farm, and Ori Bakery. The farm is about 13 miles from Luang Prabang.

Half of all the proceeds from the event, which came to about $347 U.S. dollars, was donated to the hospital.

Many thanks to Indigo Farm and Ori Bakery!

 

Help Build LFHC’s 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 finance our Pediatric Surgery Fund. Please click here to make a donation. As always, we thank you for your generous support.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Los Angeles Event

The second annual Los Angeles Event will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at the NeueHouse on Sunset Boulevard. Proceeds from the event benefit Lao Friends Hospital for Children. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

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, at the Luang Prabang Golf Club. Proceeds benefit Lao Friends Hospital for Children. The deadline for registration is Oct. 17. Register by email at: lpbgolfclubmarketing@hotmail.com

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!

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 seeking experienced doctors and nurses to serve as volunteers. Information can be found here.

 

 

 

 

Saving a Malnourished Baby

The parents of a 9-month-old child named Malisa became very concerned when she experienced bouts of vomiting for four days and had lost her appetite.

They brought their baby to the LFHC Outpatient Department, where the staff conducted an evaluation, which included recording her weight, height and upper arm circumference.

The staff compared Malisa’s weight and size to what would be expected for a child her age and determined that she was suffering from severe protein-calorie malnutrition.

The hospital’s nutritionist participated in Malisa’s examination and performed an appetite test.

The nutritionist instructed Malisa’s parents about proper nutrition and how to care for their daughter with RUTF (ready to use therapeutic food). Melisa was prescribed two packets of RUFT per day and her parents were given enough packets to last until they returned for a follow-up appointment.

All children brought to the Outpatient Department are assessed for malnutrition. Nearly 15% show symptoms of moderate or severe acute malnutrition.

Like many of these children, Malisa began to gain weight, thanks to the care of the doctors, nurses and nutritionist at LFHC. After several months, she had gained enough weight to leave the severe malnutrition program.

Last year, more than 150 children were treated for severe or moderate malnutrition. The hospital’s therapeutic food program is designed to dramatically reduce the need to hospitalize malnourished children for long periods.

Nurse Anesthetist Observes Procedures in US

Nurse anesthetist Si Lee recently returned to LFHC after visiting the U.S. to observe anesthesia procedures at medical facilities in Pittsburgh.

Si received a Warfield Scholarship from Health Volunteers Overseas, a Washington D.C. nonprofit, to observe clinical activities at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center-Presbyterian, West Penn Hospital and UPMC Children’s Hospital.

Si also presented a lecture to anesthesia students and faculty at the University of  Pittsburgh School of Nursing and attended the annual American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Congress in Chicago.

Joining Si on the trip was Hor Eng from Angkor Hospital for Children, who also received the scholarship. Richard Henker, a professor at the University of Pittsburgh and a committee chairman with Health Volunteers Overseas, guided both nurses during the U.S. visit.

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!