The FFF supports and has developed a number of health initiatives in South East Asia. Some examples of our work include:
The Ruit Foundation
Outside our core focus, we are a co-founder of The Ruit Foundation alongside the world renowned eye surgeon, Dr. Sanduk Ruit. The Foundation has developed a Community Eye Hospital model and we are helping export it to locations in Asia and Africa. Not only will these hospitals restore the vision of thousands of patients per year, but each one will be self-sustainable within approximately 4-6 years.
We can think of no other medical intervention which has such a huge impact on reducing poverty, by restoring not only individuals’ independence but also that of their carers who can return to work or school.
The Lake Clinic
The FFF is a joint funder of the Lake Clinic (TLC) which is the sole provider of medical and health services to circa 50,000 people on the Tonle Sap Lake. The communities on the lake live in incredibly harsh circumstances with limited access to clean water or electricity, and very restricted or no access to healthcare services.
In supporting TLC, the FFF is helping to provide these communities with access to key healthcare services. The Foundation is also working with TLC to provide expectant and young mothers with the nutritional and educational support they need to raise healthy children.
Friends Without a Border
One of the main problems in Laos is the lack of free healthcare. In a country where the average income for a person is circa $2,000 a year that is a major problem.
The FFF is therefore proud to be a co-founder of The Laos Friends Pedantic Hospital, which opened in 2015. It is the first full-service paediatric hospital in northern Laos and currently includes: an Emergency Room, inpatient and outpatient departments, laboratory, pharmacy, radiology, lecture rooms, and a library to teach pediatric medicine to the future leaders of the hospital. In early 2016 an Intensive Care Unit opened and, hopefully, by the end of the year an operations theatre will be open and fully functional. The FFF is thrilled to see the impact the hospital is already making to the well-being of the children of Luang Prabang. Already tens of thousands of children have been cared for by the hospital.
The Foundation is partnering with leading US scientists to develop a programme that provides expectant and young mothers with nutrition and education in basic child care. Building on international best practice, the FFF and 400 Grams are developing an innovative ‘First 1,000 Day’ programme. Malnutrition during the early stages of a child’s life can cause irreversible damage to the child’s physical and neurological growth and development. The 1,000 days from the start of a woman’s pregnancy until her child’s second birthday offer a unique window of opportunity to shape healthier and more prosperous futures. Adequate nutrition during this 1,000 day window can have an enormous impact on a child’s ability to grow, learn, and rise out of poverty.