In early 2002, the Lao Rehabilitation Foundation, Inc. developed plans for the construction of a new health care facility to replace an old inadequate dispensary. Entirely funded by the foundation, the new building was handed-over to the people of Simmano on April 26, 2003. Staffed with four nurses, under the guidance of a state-appointed medical doctor, the main activity of the clinic is to provide pre and post natal care, first aid, vaccinations, family planning and general health advice. Each day, an average of ten people visits the clinic. For the majority of patients services and medicines are free of charge.