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Leaving no one behind by improving access for mothers and children

This year, WHO celebrated its 70th anniversary with the theme of #HealthForAll and Universal Health Coverage, everyone, everywhere, can access essential health services without facing financial hardships.

Using immunisation and mother and child service delivery as entry points, a monitoring and evaluation exercise was conducted in seven provinces in Lao PDR, namely Vientiane Capital and Province, Bolikhamxay, Luang Prabang, Oudomxay, Savannakhet and Xieng Khuang.

Official visit of the WHO Regional Director of the Western Pacific, Dr Shin Young-soo to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic

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.

Lao PDR finalizes the National Action Plan to eliminate asbestos-related diseases among workers to mark the International Labour Day

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.

WHO pushes for collective efforts and commitment to unite for a world free of Malaria

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.

World Health Day press home message on “Universal Health Coverage, everyone, everywhere”

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.

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Lao People's Democratic Republic
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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.