Establishing A Blood Bank in Northern Laos

Pictured is the formal handover ceremony of the new facility to the district authorities.

Nalea District Hospital is located in Louangnamtha province, northern Laos. This 16-bed facility sits in a remote mountainous area, far from the provincial hospital. With no local blood collection or storage capabilities it has been extremely difficult to meet the emergency blood needs of critically ill patients, particularly in the rainy season when roads become impassable. By purchasing $20,000 of equipment including refrigerators and a centrifuge and supporting local training, GBF is establishing the district’s first and only blood bank, serving a local population of over 25,000.