I am very excited to be returning to volunteer this fall with the organization Friends Without a Border, at the Lao Friends Hospital for Children (LFHC). While in Laos, I will be participating in the Run for Children 7km race on October 20th to help raise money for the hospital!
Laos has the highest under-five mortality rate in Southeast Asia. Treatable conditions and preventable diseases such as pneumonia, malaria and diarrhea are common causes of death for children there. Located in Luang Prabang, LFHC opened in 2015 and provides free, compassionate, high quality medical care to the children of northern Laos. Services offered at the hospital include an inpatient and outpatient department, neonatal unit, emergency department, operating theatre, thalassemia clinic, development clinic, as well as diagnostic imaging, pharmacy, and laboratory services. Patients and their families must often travel long distances to receive medical care at LFHC, and the hospital currently treats over 20,000 pediatric and neonatal patients annually. Patients are commonly assessed and treated for things like infectious diseases, malnutrition, renal conditions and anemia.
I have seen first-hand the significant impact that the hospital has on the children and families of northern Laos. Every child deserves access to quality health care.
LFHC is funded by charitable donations, and any contribution is greatly appreciated. ALL donations made for my run will go directly to supporting patient care at the hospital.
Thank you so much for taking the time to check out my page!
Anyone interested in donating, please note that donations are in *US dollars*
- Laura :)
For more information on the non-profit organization Friends Without a Border and the work that they do, please visit www.fwab.org