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Phonxay Staff Trains at LFHC

LFHC recently provided training for 10 nurses and medical assistants from health centers in Phonxay District, Luang Prabang.

The two-week training session, titled “Right Diagnosis, Right Treatment,” was commissioned by the Provincial Health Department (PHD) and Swiss Red Cross and conducted at LFHC. It focused on common pediatric conditions that these practitioners regularly face in their health centers, such as respiratory infections, thiamine deficiency, dehydration from diarrhea and seizures.

LFHC Medical Education Director, Dr. Rathi Guhadasan, developed the curriculum and content for the course in conjunction with our senior Lao doctors. The course included 22 hours of classroom-based teaching and 91-95 hours of clinical practice per participant. The classroom-based tutorials included case-based scenarios, giving participants time to process and apply taught theory.

Participants were paired with Lao doctors for the clinical placements, which gave them intensive one-on-one coaching and many opportunities to practice basic but essential skills such as evaluation and diagnosis of acute problems, how to give oxygen and accurate drug and IV fluid prescribing for children.

The participants were divided into two groups and pre- and post-course testing showed an improvement in scores by 24% and 32% for the two groups. The participants’ feedback was very positive, citing the quality of the teaching and the patience and attentiveness of the teachers, who would take extra time to ensure that the students understood. The feedback from the PHD was also positive.

LFHC plans to provide follow-up training at Phonxay District in the future, to ensure that the participants are able to implement what they had learned when they are treating children.

Munich Event Delivers Generous Support for LFHC


Moving Child, a nonprofit in Germany that provides education and health-care resources to disadvantaged children worldwide, has been instrumental in supporting the creation of the Thalassemia Clinic at the Lao Friends Hospital for Children.

Anna Schulz-Dornberg and Gertraud Leimstaettner, founders of Moving Child, recently hosted a fundraising event in Munich for Friends Without A Border that raised nearly $70,000. More than 40 people attended the event.

While traveling in Laos last January, Anna and Gertraud discovered FWAB when they wandered into the Visitor Center at our hospital in Luang Prabang. They made an incredibly generous donation and later spoke with Executive Director Nicole Pagourgis who mentioned that she was planning a trip to Europe and wondered if they might be interested in hosting an event in Germany. They immediately offered to do so.

The Munich event was so successful that the Moving Child foundation has already scheduled a second gathering for September 13, 2018, at the Naturheilpraxis für Körper BewusstSein. Details about the event are available on the Moving Child website.

Thanks so much to Anna and Gertraud for their support!

If you or your organization would be interested in hosting an event for Friends Without A Border, please contact us at 212-691-0909.