As you may be aware, since 2008 the Team Dai cycling team embarks on a multi-day cycling tour to raise funds for a local cause. This year we are organizing our 13th Challenge.
Around 20 riders will be putting their time and energy towards raising money for the Neonatal Unit of the Lao Friends Hospital for Children in Luang Prabang. We’ll cycle 400 km over 5 days, going through Khammouane Provence, between the 2nd and 6th of December 2020.
We are seeking your generous donation with the aim to raise $10,500 USD for much needed equipment, including six 50 mL syringe pumps and one warmer. This equipment is essential in the care of the increasing number of infants admitted to the unit.
Below you can find detailed information from the hospital with regards to their needs and the designated cause for our fundraising event.
Please note that 100% of the funds raised will be donated to the Lao Friends Hospital for Children. Team Dai consists of volunteers only and we cover all expenses towards the cycling event ourselves.
For more information about the 2020 Challenge, visit our website.
For more information about the Lao Friends Hospital for Children, please visit their website.
Giving Hope to Newborn Infants
The Neonatal Unit at Lao Friends Hospital for Children recently set a record. The unit admitted and cared for 98 infants during August – the largest monthly caseload of newborn babies since the unit opened in late 2016. The record-setting caseload underscores the tremendous need for the care and treatment provided by our Neonatal nurses and doctors. Quite frankly, there is no other facility like it in northern Laos.
Funding from Team Dai Challenge literally will save lives.
The tiny infants admitted to the Neonatal Unit cannot survive without the specialized care provided by the unit’s dedicated staff.
Specifically, TDC funding of $10,480 will provide:
• Six 50 ml syringe pumps @ $1,430
• One warmer @ $1,900
As of October 6, the Neonatal Unit had admitted 28 babies. Many of these infants need IV pumps to deliver the very specific, tiny volumes of fluid they need every hour to stay hydrated. They also need various medications that are careful delivered by a syringe pump.
Currently, the unit simply doesn’t have enough equipment to give each of the 28 babies their own IV pumps. Nurses have no choice but to have infants “lend” syringe pumps that being used intermittently to other babies in the unit. Infants are waiting “in line” for syringe pumps so they can get their medications.
Six new IV pumps would do much to alleviate this problem.
TDC financing will also address a shortage of warmers at the Neonatal Unit. A warmer is a bed that is open and has a heating element that sits above the baby. These are essential to properly care for our smallest neonates that aren’t big enough to keep themselves warm. The unit now has six warmers, but nurses often must decide which baby is healthy enough to remove from a warmer to allow it to be used to help a smaller, more fragile infant. This is a decision that the staff would prefer to avoid, but unfortunately must be made when the unit is at or above capacity.
The hospital expanded the Neonatal Unit in late 2018 by renovating space in the adjacent Luang Prabang District Hospital. Expansion was necessitated by the steady growth in the number of infants being admitted into the unit.
Funding by TDC will have a significant impact on the wonderful services provided by the hospital’s Neonatal Unit. Friends Without A Border and LFHC thank Team Dai for their support.