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August 24, 1963

Thomas Dooley Foundation Expands Health Programs in Laos, Nepal, and India

JAMA. 1963;185(8):38-39. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03060080010004

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Expanded health programs in Laos, Nepal and northern India are planned by the Thomas A. Dooley Foundation, Inc. Dr. Verne Chaney, Jr., executive director of the foundation, who recently returned from a three-month tour of the Dooley hospitals and clinics, described the projected programs.

In Laos, a 150-bed hospital already built at Pakse will be staffed and equipped by the foundation. It will serve both as a treatment and a training center. In addition, a 20-bed hospital will be established on the island of Khong in the Mekong River to serve three Laos provinces about 100 miles south of Pakse. This center will serve as a base for additional river-boat clinics for the Mekong villages.

In India, a third mobile health unit, equipped with an X-ray unit, will bolster the existing two units in serving Tibetan refugees.

In the next six months, Chaney said, 10 new clinics, each with an

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