Ensuring the Health of Lao Children and their Families


Update 2016

As of early 2016, Lao Kids ceased working with the Luang Prabang hospital as we were able to encourage a number of other organisations to take on this work. We are very pleased that our energy and commitment has been taken on by other concerned groups.

The focus of Lao Kids from now on will be the Luang Prabang Library, which you can read about here.

Background

The Luang Prabang Provincial Hospital was built in 2003 for a population of 22,000. Luang Prabang now has a population of around 55,000 - and is growing larger every month.  There are also large numbers of tourists visiting Luang Prabang who are in need of medical assistance and access the hospital's emergency department. The hospital sees about 150 to 200 patients per day.

However, the facilities at Luang Prabang Hospital are improving slowly.  They opened a new Emergency Area, which was built for them by the Bangkok Hospital which is a private organization.  Lao-Kids is hoping that Bangkok will also help out with some badly needed operating theater equipment as well.
 
As the Luang Prabang Hospital continues to improve its facilities, Lao-Kids will continue to raise money to also help with the 14 District Hospitals and 94 clinics throughout the Luang Prabang and Sayaburi Provinces.  In order to be assured that we know what is required, and to know it reaches the proper places to help as many people as possible, our work is coordinated via the Luang Prabang hospital and a wonderful lady who works for Save the Children Fund.

Lao-Kids has been supporting the Luang Prabang Provincial Hospital and its 14 associated District Hospitals in a number of areas over the years.  In terms of medical services to the community, the hospital is still in dire need of assistance, and this is one of the areas where Lao-Kids will continue to focus our help.
A small boy waiting for Emergency treatment
        New sheets for the Emergency Room
New air-conditioner in the operating theatre

Shrouds and new sheets

Past Achievements
 
Lao-Kids replaced many of the very old and worn-out linen, blankets and pillows - with one of the areas designated for these goods being the Emergency Room, where patients were often treated on gurneys covered only in a rubberized sheet. We also provided blood pressure monitors and pulse oximeters for the surgical wards
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The orthopedic surgeon was using a very old drill purchased at the Chinese market for all of his work, so we replaced it with 2 new battery-operated (rechargeable) drills.

We replaced the small broken air-conditioner in the main operating theatre with a larger more effective one, serviced and repaired  the air-conditioner in the operating theatre used for caesarian births and all air-conditioners in the recovery rooms. 

Lao-Kids has also put in place a six-monthly service agreement with the air-conditioning company to ensure the efficiency of the air-conditioners at all times.   We have also arranged regular maintenance of the generator which is needed as electricity often fails.

We were also intrigued when the hospital asked if we could buy them some bolts of cheap white fabric … until we found out that the poor cannot afford to buy anything to wrap their dead in to take home and cheap white fabric makes perfect shrouds!  Thus we have been able to provide just a little bit of dignity to a devastating moment in people’s lives. 

 

Recently we have been focussing on the needs of the maternal and child health areas. There are only 14 beds in the maternity area, and on average there are 150 births per month, including 20 caesarians. Approximately 10 babies per month are born pre-term with weights of less than 2.5kg. Mothers are often very young and very small due to poor diet, so the risk of birth complications is high.

Again, these areas are in need of almost everything... mattresses, sheets, pillows, blankets, full-length surgical gloves, hospital robes and shoe covers for doctors assisting with deliveries, antibacterial fluid for hand washing, and low flow oxygen meters for the humidicribs of pre-term babies (to name a few of their needs...). They also need basic items such as caps for new-born babies, small diapers for pre-term babies, and baby clothes and blankets for the extremely poor mothers to take their babies home.

If you are interested in knitting baby bonnets, jumpers or socks to be given to new-born babies, please see the knitting patterns in our July and December 2013 Newsletters (accessed from the Newsletters page of this web site).    

Delivery of 100 sheets, 100 pillow cases, 100 pillows, 30 blankets, 30 mattresses, 10 blood pressure monitors, 10 pulse oximeters, 2 drills for the orthopedic surgeon, 150 shrouds


Achievements in 2013

In 2013, Lao-Kids achieved the following for the Luang
Prabang Hospital and its district hospitals and clinics:

  • 4000 baby blankets = US$2000
  • 4360 metres of nappy material for washing, drying and wraps = US$3052
  • 1086 metres of shroud material = US$974
  • 14 foetal dopplers donated through RALAC (http://ralac.org.au) by pharmacies in Melbourne = US$700
  • 400 digital children's thermometers = US$400
  • 20 blood pressure machines = US$500
  • Baby and childrens small breathing respirator = US$40
  • 4 baby blood pressure machines = US$80
  • 4 children's blood pressure machines = US$80
  • 1 hospital bed = US$540

Thank you to the wonderful donor who sponsored the wall-eyed boy's operation (US$300). We have had reports that he is now much better settled at school and is making good progress.

Thank you to the group of people from Huonville SWAP (https://www.facebook.com/pages/SWAP-Huonville-High-School/112569445559559) who donated the funds to build a kitchen for hospital patients and their families to cook meals = US$4000

Thank you also for the hundreds of baby hats, baby blankets, baby quilts, small warm tops and baby socks knitted and sewn by all those fantastic people around the world - how wonderful you have all been and keep knitting / sewing!!!!  It is minus degrees temperatures up in the mountains in Winter and only 8 degrees at night in Luang Prabang.

Targets for 2014

In 2014 Lao-Kids is trying desperately to provide the Luang Prabang Hospital, and its 14 associated District Hospitals, with the kinds of basic equipment that is "standard" in most Western hospitals, and which is critical to saving lives.

The most urgent items, and their prices, are listed below. You can donate an entire piece of equipment, or donate towards the cost of a piece of equipment. Make donations through the PayPal link on the "How You Can Help" page and let us know your donation is for hospital equipment in the "special instructions" section.


Achievements in 2014

In 2014, Lao-Kids achieved the following for the Luang Prabang Hospital and its district hospitals and clinics:

  • Shroud material @ 500 metres = US $938
  • 20 large blankets, cut up and sewn to make 80 baby blankets = US $50
  • Blankets and wrap materials for babies born at District clinics and hospitals = US $1000
  • Very ill woman with new baby that was underweight and not breathing properly; both needed hospital treatment.  Lao-Kids paid for transport to and from hospital, food and warm clothing for mother and baby, medical treatment for mother and baby – both survived = US $250
  • Waterproof vinyl for covering hospital beds - 100 metres = US $588
  • Young malnourished boy from a rural village with appendicitis; transport for boy and father to and from village to hospital, medical treatment and food during their stay in LP = US $188
  • Young boy from rural village crippled by polio; transport for boy and father to and from village to hospital, medical treatment for malnourishment and lung problems, clothing and blankets and food for boy and father, and books for boy as he was in the hospital for 2 weeks and was missing school = US $612
  • Walker and medical therapy for the young by with polio; the boy can now walk everywhere and especially to and from school. As he grows, Lao-Kids will continue to pay for appropriate size walkers. His calipers and the ongoing need for these will be covered by COPE Luang Prabang in future = US $575
  • Gardening equipment for the polio boy’s village – a relocated village due to environment weather changes – children and adults all malnourished – all in extreme poverty = US $125
  • 50 kilos of rice for the polio boy's family to keep his family in food, as his father was unable to plant his rice crop while he spent the time in Luang Prabang with his son = US $80
  • Eye operation for boy with turned-out eyes causing him to be unable to see the blackboard at school. Transport for boy and father to and from village to hospital, medical treatment and food during their stay in LP = US  $269
  • Transport to and from Udomxai Province to Vientiane for a baby with heart problems. The baby was operated on Doctors Without Borders = US $100
  • Urgent medical treatment for woman in labour who was having a breech birth and had to get to LP Hospital for a caesarean. She was carried from her village to the nearest road by her husband. Then she caught a tuk tuk and later a truck ride for 6 hours over appalling roads to get to the hospital. Lao-Kids paid for the transport to and from her village, food, blankets and clothing. She and her baby were in the hospital for 3 weeks. Baby and mother are now doing well = US $375

Lao-Kids also raised funds to provide the following hospital equipment for the Luang Prabang Hospital and its district hospitals and clinics (see Note below):

  • One infant ventilator = US $2650
  • Two portable adult ventilators  = US $3100
  • One adult ventilator = US $2420
  • One infant radiant warmer = US $1300
  • One LED phototherapy unit  = US $820
  • One electro surgical knife = US $1250
  • Four multi parameter patient monitors  = US $2600
  • Four spinal boards = US $504
  • Two scoop stretchers   = US $420
  • One basket stretcher  = US $270
  • Three head immobilizers  = US $84
  • Two ambulance stretchers = US $600

Note: Due to an enormous amount of time, effort and research by Ruth, we were able to source the medical equipment from China at a total cost much less than we had been originally quoted from other suppliers.


Thank you also for the hundreds of baby hats, baby blankets, baby quilts, small warm tops and baby socks knitted and sewn by all those fantastic people around the world - how wonderful you have all been and keep knitting / sewing!!!!  It is minus degrees temperatures up in the mountains in Winter and only 8 degrees at night in Luang Prabang.


Achievements in 2015

In 2015, Lao Kids achieved the following for the Luang Prabang Hospital and its district hospitals and clinics.

TOTAL DONATIONS  =  $ 4970

Donations to Sayaboury Hospital = Total $ 3670
  • Baby blankets and wraps  =  $ 1200
  • 1 portable respirator  =  $ 1800
  • 2 spinal boards  =  $ 90
  • 1 head immobilizer  =  $ 20
  • 1 scoop stretcher  =  $ 210
  • 1 patient monitor  =  $ 350

Eye operations for 3 children at the Luang Prabang Eye Hospital  =  $ 300
(now so much cheaper with assistance from the Fred Hollows Foundation)
   
Lao Kids contribution toward heart operation in Vientiane for young boy  =  $ 1000
(who is now back at school and his teachers say he is doing really well now he has so much more energy!)

 






 

 

 

 

 

 

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