Over the last year and a half, LFHC has been able to devote special resources and attention to children with disabilities through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded TEAM project, managed by World Education Laos. In Laos, children with disabilities often do not have access to the support they need to live happy and healthy lives. Through the TEAM sub-grant, LFHC provides physical therapy, medical and surgical treatment, and wheelchairs and other assistive devices to improve the lives of children afflicted by disability. LFHC also provides extensive training to its local staff, so that they become the next generation’s leaders in providing care for children with disabilities.
Friends Without a Border’s founder, Kenro Izu, was named the World of Children Health Award Honoree for his devotion to improving child health and well-being in 2014. As part of this award, LFHC received generous funding to help establish its Operating Theatre and continues receiving support toward its daily medical care services.
Lao Friends Hospital for Children has an active partnership with the Boston Children’s Hospital, a teaching hospital of the Harvard Medical School. Through the Boston Children’s – Lao Friends Hospital for Children Medicine Training Initiative the two collaborate on improving pediatric health care delivery through the placement of global health fellows, residents and faculty to provide pediatric healthcare, medical education and undergo research with the Lao Friends Hospital for Children staff.
RAD-AID has been an invaluable partner in establishing LFHC’s radiology and imaging services. In addition to donating supplies to get LFHC’s X-ray and Ultrasound equipment up and running, RAD-AID has sent two international Radiology Technologists to provide support and extra training for our Lao medical staff. LFHC looks forward to welcoming the next two Radiology Technologist volunteers in the coming months!
Health Volunteers Overseas sends qualified volunteers to provide clinical and didactic anesthesia training to our nurses at LFHC, and assist with patient care in the operating theatre.
Through a generous donation by Vitamin Angels, LFHC has received enough Vitamin A supplements to provide to patients for a full year. Due to poor and non-diverse diets, many of LFHC’s patients suffer from Vitamin A deficiency (VAD), which can lead to blindness and increase susceptibility to infectious disease. The supplements provided by Vitamin Angels will ensure that the patients we see at LFHC receive the Vitamin A they need to lead a healthy childhood.
Direct Relief International has supplied LFHC with a number of essential medicines to treat curable yet life-threatening diseases. The antibiotics, deworming pills, and other medications provided by Direct Relief have allowed the LFHC medical team to provide basic, cost-efficient care for the children of northern Laos.
Friends Without A Border is a partner for Project J946N Laos Friends Paediatric Training with Global Development Group (ABN 57 102 400 993), an Australian NGO approved by the Minister for Foreign Affairs to carry out quality humanitarian projects with approved partners and provide aid to relieve poverty and ensure long term solutions.
Global Development Group takes responsibility of the project according to the Australian OAGDS guidelines providing a governance role and assisting in the areas of planning, monitoring, evaluating and auditing to ensure the projects are carried out to OAGDS requirements.
A medical supply shop in Australia, Medshop has generously donated a variety of medical supplies and equipment that is not available or is too expensive to procure in Laos. The urgently-needed items have been carried over by our Australian medical volunteers and have been crucial in stocking our supply to continue to expand our services to reach more children in Laos. We are very grateful for Medshop’s support and the collaboration with various Australian medical volunteers.
The Franks Family Foundation is currently working with Friends and LFHC to design, implement, and fund our Capacity Building and Health Education Program (CBHEP). CBHEP is an important component of our model of “Treatment + Education + Prevention” and works to raise health awareness in rural communities and strengthen the capacity of local medical facilities.
The World Federation of Pediatric Imaging (WFPI) has provided ongoing support to LFHC’s radiology department in the form of online consultation of diagnostic imaging. This support has been essential in the development of our radiology department and we are happy to continue to expand our partnership.
Friends of Ostomates Worldwide (FOW) generously donated fecal ostomy equipment and urinary ostomy equipment for children at LFHC. These pouches are essential for children confronting illnesses such as colostomy, ileostomy, or urostomy. Within the first week of arriving at LFHC, the bags were already put to good use to help two patients arriving at the hospital! These supplies are often difficult or very expensive to obtain in Laos, so we are very grateful for FOW’s kind contribution.
LFHC has received a range of medical equipment and machines from Rotary International, including an ECG machine. The equipment received from Rotary has been indispensable in diagnosing and treating patients at LFHC. Thanks to this new equipment, patients in need can receive reliable oxygen, have their vitals monitored, and receive other life-saving medical care.