Vientiane Capital, 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!
Mr. Khamsouk Xayadeth is an office worker, living alone after his wife passed away six years ago, with a son who has his own family. But an accident on 4 March 2016 drastically changed his life. He remembers the day vividly: “That evening on my way home from work by motorbike, a car drove very fast, hit me and practically tore off my left leg. The driver of the car had been drinking. I cannot tell you how depressed I am after the accident.”
Vientiane Capital, 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.
WHO marked World Tuberculosis (TB) Day with a slogan to unite efforts to "Leave No One Behind" as we enter the second year of a two-year "Unite to End TB" campaign. It calls to action the need to address stigma, discrimination, and marginalization and overcome barriers to access care.
Dr Bounkong Syhavong, Health Minister delivered his remarks in a video said “We have a high TB burden in Lao PDR, there are about 3300 TB related deaths each year. I would like to encourage everyone who suspect that they have TB to be tested; we have sensitive diagnostic tools (digital X-ray machine and Gene Xpert) used for TB detection and treatment is available for positive patients.”
Vientiane Capital, 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.
Highlights from WHO Laos
1 Dec 2016
The theme for this year’s World AIDS Day that is marked on 1 December is #HandsUpforHIVprevention. Globally, there are nearly 37 million people living with HIV with 2.1 million becoming newly infected with HIV at the end of 2015. 1.1 million people died from AIDS-related causes in 2015.
28 Nov 2016
Lao People’s Democratic Republic held its 1st Multi-sectoral Workshop on Combatting Antimicrobial Resistance during the World Antibiotic Awareness Week
The Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry jointly organized the 1st Multi-sectoral Workshop on Combatting Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) during the World Antibiotic Awareness Week this year. The global tripartite of Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), and the World Health Organization (WHO) at both country and regional levels coordinated closely to support this first multisectoral workshop.
2 Nov 2016
Climate change took centrestage at a recent joint event organized by the Ministry of Health, WHO and UNDP to discuss about building a resilient health system that can effectively deal with climate shocks. Dr Phouthone Mouangpak, Deputy Minister of Health said “Climate change poses a risk to our development goals; we need to work with other sectors to mitigate the impact of climate change on the health system and to develop effective response to natural disasters.”
20 Oct 2016
Ministry of Health and Development Partners meet to discuss Health Sector Reform implementation for the next five years
The review of the National Health Sector Reform phase II (2016-2020) received overwhelming interest and response from development partners. The event is jointly organized by the Ministry of Health and partners including Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), World Health Organization (WHO), Lao-Luxembourg Development Cooperation, Swiss Red Cross and the World Bank.