October Newsletter


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.


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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