Lacking a national healthcare system, some 10 thousand children under the age of 5 die every year in Laos. Most deaths are caused by preventable illnesses or treatable injuries. In 2015, NPO "Friends Without A Border" built a children's hospital with the latest equipment to tackle this problem. Built in the historic former capital of Luang Prabang, its construction was overseen by Japanese nurse Akao Kazumi. She and a team of local nurses also run an outreach program, visiting children in mountain villages who can't travel to the hospital. Meet the team and learn more about their work.
The Lao Friends Hospital for Children, run by NPO Friends Without A Border, provides free check-ups, tests, operations, hospital stays and medication
Japanese nurse Akao Kazumi has provided nursing care for children in Cambodia and Laos for over 20 years
Lao medical assistant Khampha Khangxeuthor (center) accompanies Akao to their remote outreach destinations