Children stricken with cancer and heart maladies in northern Laos are dying because their families cannot afford the surgery that could save their lives.

   Lao Friends Hospital for Children has no staff oncologist or 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, Friends Without A Border asks you to help launch our Pediatric Surgery Fund.

   This fund will help eligible families living in Luang Prabang Province pay for life-saving surgeries that cannot be performed at LFHC. Furthermore, it will also help LFHC cover the escalating costs of its surgical unit.

   Thanks to your support, LFHC provides free surgical care to children with complex and often life-threatening injuries and illnesses. The number of such children brought to our hospital increases dramatically every year. Our surgery team performed 528 procedures during the first half of 2019 — an astonishing 73% increase from the same period in 2018.