Since opening its doors in 2015, Lao Friends Hospital for Children (LFHC) has treated over 25,000 patients from different areas of Northern Laos. On January 25th, the hospital welcomed over 80 guests to celebrate its second anniversary including Friends Without A Border’s Board members, supporters from the US and Europe, representatives from partner organizations, Lao ministry representatives and children from the local international preschool. There was much to celebrate this year with the opening of the neonatal unit, operating theater and the growing education program for our medical staff!
We began the anniversary with remarks from Dr. Simon Young (LFHC Executive Director), Kenro Izu (Founder and Honorary President), and representatives from Lao P.D.R.’s Ministry of Health and the Luang Prabang Provincial Hospital, all celebrating the success and progress of LFHC and the partnership we have built with one another. One of our speakers, Dr. Amphone, Director of the Luang Prabang Provincial Health Department, gave an encouraging speech highlighting the value of our mission stating that “all children have the right to be healthy. We must look after our children’s health because they are our nation’s future!”
“I will never forget the first day I met Kenro Izu”, Dr. Amphone said. “We talked about his idea of building and managing a project called Lao Friends Hospital for Children. That moment, I immediately knew that Lao children were going to receive a wonderful blessing of having access to world-class medical treatment.” Dr. Amphone shared his memories of LFHC’s Grand Opening, and highlighted the incredible progress made in these two years by the hospital and all its staff.
After the speeches the event was a carnival! We had a world-class juggling performance, which both children and adults enjoyed. Our child life therapy team set up play stations of games for children to become familiar with child-friendly medical equipment. Our nutritionist conducted a workshop for patient families on how to cook a simple nutritious porridge at home and all had a taste of the delicious dish. It was a day filled with laughter and smiles.