September Newsletter








LFHC Sets Monthly Caseload Record

The dedicated doctors, nurses and other health-care providers at LFHC handled 3,019 medical cases in August – the highest monthly caseload since the hospital opened in 2015.

The growing caseload testifies to the high quality of care offered at the hospital.





LFHC Saves Malnourished Baby

   The parents of a 9-month-old child named Malisa became very concerned when she experienced bouts of vomiting for four days and had lost her appetite.

They brought their baby to the LFHC Outpatient Department, where the staff conducted an evaluation and compared Malisa’s weight and size to what would be expected for a child her age. The staff determined that Melisa was suffering from severe protein-calorie malnutrition.

The LFHC nutritionist instructed Malisa’s parents about proper nutrition and how to care for their daughter with RUTF (ready to use therapeutic food).

After several months, she had gained enough weight to leave the severe malnutrition program.

Last year, more than 150 children were treated for severe or moderate malnutrition. The hospital’s therapeutic food program is designed to dramatically reduce the need to hospitalize malnourished children for long periods.

   Read more here.


LFHC Nurse Anesthetist Observes Procedures in US

Nurse anesthetist Si Lee recently returned to LFHC after visiting the U.S. to observe anesthesia procedures at medical facilities in Pittsburgh.

Si received a Warfield Scholarship from Health Volunteers Overseas, a Washington D.C. nonprofit, to observe clinical activities at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center-Presbyterian, West Penn Hospital and UPMC Children’s Hospital.

   Read more here.




Rugged Road to Health Care


The LFHC Outreach Team must conquer nearly impassable mountain roads to provide medical care to isolated families in northern Laos.

The team logged 446 visits last year to villages far and wide.

    Click here to watch a brief video of their bumpy ride.





Funny Garden Hosts Fundraiser for LFHC

   Funny Garden at Indigo Farm recently played host to a weekend fundraiser for LFHC.

Children and their families were treated to such activities as archery, pedal boats, zip line and table tennis. The site also features a water playground for children. Hospital staff and volunteers joined in the fun.

The event was sponsored by Indigo Farm, an organic farm, and Ori Bakery. The farm is about 13 miles from Luang Prabang.

Half of all the proceeds from the event, which came to about $347 U.S. dollars, was donated to the hospital.

Many thanks to Indigo Farm and Ori Bakery!


Help Build LFHC’s Pediatric Surgery Fund 

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

LFHC has neither a staff oncologist nor a 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 we ask you to help finance our Pediatric Surgery Fund. Please click here to make a donation. As always, we thank you for your generous support.


Los Angeles Event

The second annual Los Angeles Event will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at the NeueHouse on Sunset Boulevard. Proceeds from the event benefit Lao Friends Hospital for Children. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Friends of Friends New York Fundraising Event

The 20th annual fundraiser for Angkor Hospital for Children is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 12, in Manhattan. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets and tables.

Third Annual Luang Prabang Gala

The fundraising event is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 18, at the Pullman Hotel in Luang Prabang, Lao PDR. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets and tables.

The Carlsberg Classic Golf Tournament

The fundraising tournament is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Luang Prabang Golf Club. Proceeds benefit Lao Friends Hospital for Children. The deadline for registration is Oct. 17. Register by email at:

7th Run for the Children: Luang Prabang Half Marathon

The annual charity race is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 20. Information about the race and online registration are available here.


LFHC is seeking a Supervising Pediatrician to serve a one-year commitment. This is a salaried position. Information about the position and how to apply can be found here.


LFHC is also looking for a Neonatal Nurse to volunteer for a period of 6-12 months. Information about the Neonatal Nurse position and how to apply can be found here.

The hospital is also seeking experienced doctors and nurses to serve as volunteers. Information can be found here.