Unite to End TB: Leave no one behind

Ministry of Health, Deputy Director of National Tuberculosis Centre, Dr Phouvong Vongvichit chaired the World TB Day media event

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.”

The poliovirus transmission in Lao People’s Democratic Republic has ceased

OBRA team member from WHO, UNICEF and USCDC reviewing the immunization and surveillance records at KM52 health centre in Vientiane Province

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.

A graduating class of Field Epidemiology trainees to enhance field surveillance capacity in Lao PDR

From left, Dr Bounlay Phommasack, Dr Phouthong Muangpak, Ms Rena Bitter and Dr Juliet Fleischl at the FET graduation ceremony

Vientiane Capital, 28 February – The Deputy Health Minister, Dr Phouthong Muangpak joined WHO Representative to Lao PDR, Dr Juliet Fleischl and US Ambassador to Lao PDR Ms Rena Bitter to congratulate the eighth cohort of field epidemiology trainees at their graduation ceremony held yesterday at the Don Chan Palace Hotel.

The Deputy Prime Minister of Lao People’s Democratic Republic Mr Sonexay Siphandone met the Joint External Evaluation team representatives

Professor John Mackenzie (left) and Mr Sonexay Siphandone chairing the JEE discussion on health security

Vientiane Capital, 27 February 2017 - The Lao People’s Democratic Republic conducted its first Joint External Evaluation (JEE) on health security with a multinational team of experts, and support from international agencies including the World Health Organization (WHO) and Food Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Highlights from WHO Laos

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