30 April 2018, Vientiane Capital - The WHO Regional Director of the Western Pacific, Dr Shin Young-soo is on his 7th official visit to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic from 28 April to 3 May 2018. He will be visiting Vientiane Capital and Luang Prabang Province for this trip.
Dr Shin Young-soo met with the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Mr Somdy Douangdy, where he congratulated the Government of Lao PDR for having fulfilled the eligibility criteria to graduate from Least Developed Country status for the first time; passing the thresholds for Gross National Income per capita and the Human Assets Index. WHO as part of the UN family will continue to support the Government of Lao PDR in maintaining this momentum for graduation in the lead up to the next review in 2021.
26 April 2018, Vientiane Capital - The health of workers in Lao PDR was of key concern in the multi-sectoral consultation meeting to raise awareness on importance of banning chrysotile asbestos, and jointly finalise a National Action Plan to reduce and mitigate asbestos-related diseases in the country.
Relevant stakeholders from the government, non-government organizations and development partners participated actively in the discussion on how to protect the worker and stop the exposure. Urgent action is required to prevent the extended use of asbestos as a construction material and ban all forms of asbestos to protect lives, support safer economic growth and ensure social stability in the country.
24 April 2018, Vientiane Capital - The World Malaria Day is marked on 24 April each year, and the theme for this year’s World Malaria Day is “Ready to beat Malaria”. WHO joins partner organizations to call for collective efforts and commitment of the global malaria community to unite for a world free of malaria.
The 2017 World Malaria Report highlighted the remarkable progress achieved in malaria control, but also noted the worrying trend that progress has stalled. The current pace is insufficient to achieve the 2020 milestones of the WHO Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016–2030 – specifically, targets calling for a 40% reduction in malaria case incidence and death rates.
06 April 2018, Vientiane Capital - The World Health Day is marked on 7 April every year to commemorate the founding of the World Health Organization in 1948. This is a milestone year as we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of WHO.
The Organization was founded on the conviction that health is a fundamental human right, not a privilege. Over time, that conviction has evolved into a single, powerful idea: Universal Health Coverage (UHC), the assertion that every single person must have access to the health services they need, when and where they need them, without facing financial hardship.