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WHO Representative Dr Juliet Fleischl received Cross of Friendship Medal from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs


21 September 2018, Vientiane Capital - WHO Representative Dr Juliet Fleischl will be retiring at the end of this month and in recognition of her work in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs presented Dr Fleischl with the Cross of Friendship Medal in an award ceremony held on 20 September 2018.

H.E Mr Saleumxay Kommasith, Minister of Foreign Affairs thanked Dr Fleischl for her tireless efforts and contribution to the Lao National Socio-Economic Development Plan.

WHO continues to support flood response activities in Attapeu Province


3 September 2018, Attapeu Province - It has been more than a month since the Attapeu flood, and the Ministry of Health held the first cross-sectoral coordination meeting between the Government and humanitarian partners on 23 August. All partners and stakeholders working in the field attended the meeting chaired by the Attapeu Provincial Health Director, Dr Onephiew Phothilath.

Lao PDR’s First Ever Cholera Vaccination Campaign Launched in Flood-hit Sanamxay District


27 August 2018, Vientiane Capital – The Ministry of Health with support from UNICEF and the World Health Organization has launched the first ever cholera vaccination campaign in Lao PDR targeting flood-affected communities.

During the first phase of the cholera vaccination campaign from 23 to 30 August, about 5,000 doses will be administered to flood-affected communities in Sanamxai district. An additional 19,700 doses will be used in a second round. In total, 12,350 people will receive the two doses of the vaccine administered in two phases of this campaign until September 2018.

Marking one-month anniversary of the #AttapeuFlood


23 August 2018, Vientiane Capital – A month has passed since the fateful night of the #AttapeuFlood, where many have lost their homes and livelihoods. The flood displaced about 7000 people in Sanamxay District; many of these affected people are currently housed in one of seven temporary shelters that were set up in the area.

WHO Lao staff participated in the “Walk the Talk” Global Challenge 2018


17 August 2018, Vientiane Capital – WHO Lao staff answered the call to be part of WHO’s global initiative “Walk the Talk: challenge that started on 23 May 2018. This is the third year WHO is organizing this 100 days 10,000 steps per day global challenge.

More than 500 WHO staff participated in the programme last year and cumulatively they took over 646 million steps and lost over 240 kg. This year, WHO Director-General Dr Tedros has set an ambitious goal of recording over 1 billion steps collectively.

Contact Details

World Health Organization Representative Office
Lao People's Democratic Republic
125 Saphanthong Road, Unit 5 Ban Saphangthongtai
Sisattanak District Vientiane Capital
Lao People's Democratic Republic
Telephone: (856) 21 353-902 / 3 / 4
Facsimile: (856) 21 353-905
E-mail: wplaowr@who.int


Highlights from WHO Laos

  • A significant collaboration for the malaria program with the army medics working in the border areas of Lao People’s Democratic Republic
    24 May 2017 - In a significant collaboration between the Ministry of Health (MOH) and Ministry of Defence, Dr Chitsavang Chanthavisouk, WHO staff working on the malaria program, was given first time access with the MOH staff to meet the army personnel responsible for patrolling the border areas between Lao People’s Democratic Republic and Cambodia.
  • Don’t drive when you drink - a responsibility to yourself and other road users
    11 April 2017 - As Lao New Year approaches, the time of festivities and merrymaking should not be marred with calamity. Refrain from driving when drinking alcohol, and don’t speed!
  • World Health Day gets everyone talking about depression
    7 April 2017 - Lao People’s Democratic Republic World Health Day celebration gets an early start this year. The Ministry of Health and WHO staff gathered to mark the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization, and learn more about this year’s theme which is depression: #LetsTalk.
  • The poliovirus transmission in Lao People’s Democratic Republic has ceased
    6 March 2017 - An Outbreak Response Assessment (OBRA) team from the World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) and United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S. CDC) met the officials from the Ministry of Health and indicated that improvements in Acute Flaccid Paralysis (AFP) surveillance quality make it unlikely that ongoing circulating Vaccine Derived poliovirus type 1 (cVDPV1) transmission was missed. This allowed them to reasonably conclude that the cVPDV1 transmission in Lao People’s Democratic Republic has ceased. The virus has not been detected in Lao PDR since 11 January 2016.