Monthly blood drives are a vital component of operations at Lao Friends
Hospital for Children, which has seen an increase in surgeries and thalassemia
Twenty-one people were donors during the February blood drive at the
Friends Gallery in downtown Lunag Prabang.
There always seems to be a shortage of blood in the province and LFHC
encourages local residents, expats and tourists to donate.
Apart from emergencies and surgeries at the area’s district hospitals,
donated blood is critically needed at the LFHC Thalassemia Clinic, which provides
blood transfusions to children afflicted with the thalassemia blood disorder.
The caseload at the clinic has increased to the extent that the clinic is
now open two days a week. On a busy day, as many as 24 patients will visit the
clinic, some for follow-up visits and others for transfusions. The clinic uses
as many as 12 units of blood per day.
Thalassemia is an inherited blood disorder that can cause anemia.
In 2018, the monthly blood drives at the Friends Gallery collected 317
bags of donated blood.