Lao Friends Hospital for Children


The Need:

Improving children’s health and survival is our top priority in Laos. Many years of widespread conflict and poverty have stalled health-care development, and poor infrastructure combined with a mountainous terrain present a constant barrier for children and families to access high-quality health care.

It is common for children to die from preventable conditions and treatable diseases, such as malaria, pneumonia, and diarrhea. Malnutrition is widespread. Immunization rates are low. Approximately 49 of every 1,000 children will not live to see their fifth birthday.

The Story:

First patient
Opening Day 2015

Lao Friends Hospital for Children opened in February 2015 with the intent to establish a locally-sustainable hospital by and for the Lao people.

LFHC phased-in its health-care services. First to open was the Outpatient Department, where 47 children were seen on opening day. The hospital now treats more than 20,000 children annually. Our doctors, nurses and staff deliver care with dedication, smiles, and a compassionate attitude.

Our hospital is also an education center. Our staff instructs family members on such topics as nutrition, vaccinations, breastfeeding, oral health, family planning, and disease-prevention. Furthermore, LFHC is a teaching hospital where experienced doctors and nurses from several countries spend time as volunteers and serve as trainers and mentors to Lao doctors and nurses.

LFHC is the only hospital in northern Laos to exclusively offer neonatal services, providing life-saving care for newborn babies who otherwise have no access to proper health care for essential development.

LFHC has developed into an international-standard pediatric hospital, offering such services as:

  • Outpatient Department
  • Inpatient Department
  • Emergency Department
  • Neonatal Unit
  • Development Clinic
  • Laboratory
  • Pharmacy
  • Radiology & Diagnostic Imaging
  • Surgery Department
  • Thalassemia Clinic