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The first “Lunchtime Brownbag Session” held in WHO Laos


Vientiane Capital, 4 September 2017 - WHO staff gathered during lunch in the main conference room for the first Brownbag Session organized by the Staff Association. The session was facilitated by the communication staff on capacity building for presentation tools, and it covered the use of Prezi and Google slides.

The Ministry of Health reviewed health profession education reforms with support from WHO and the Luxembourg Government


1 September 2017, Vientiane Province - The Ministry of Health led a consultative workshop on health profession education reforms, which was chaired by the Health Minister, Assoc Prof Dr Bounkong Syhavong. This is a follow up to the Mekong Sub-Regional Meeting on Health Professional Education Reforms held in Viet Nam earlier this year.

WHO and Ministry of Health worked with the local authorities in Vang Vieng District on dengue prevention activities


9 August 2017, Vientiane Province - Since the start of the rainy season in July this year, the number of dengue cases has been increasing in several provinces including Vientiane Capital and Province, Champassack, Savannakhet, Salavanh, Khammuane and Bolikhamxay provinces.

US CDC and WHO provide support to the Ministry of Health to improve Surveillance and use of Immunization Data


Vientiane Capital, 21 July 2017 – Today, Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) became the first country in the WHO Western Pacific Region, and the second country in the world to introduce USCDC’s Stop Transmission of Polio (STOP) Immunization and Surveillance Data Specialists (ISDS) project.

The Ministry of Health (MOH), National Immunization Program (NIP) welcomes the support from US CDC and WHO. Dr Phouthone Moungpak, Deputy Health Minister said “The ISDS project will improve immunization and surveillance data in the country, which will be used for policy making and introducing key intervention that will effectively address vaccine preventable diseases.”

Minister and Deputy Ministers of key sectors in Lao People’s Democratic Republic finalized the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation


Vientiane Capital, 14 July 2017 - Dr. Khampheng Saysompheng, Minister to the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare led a high-level multisectoral consultation meeting that was joined by the Deputy Ministers from several key sectors, including the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Ministry of Industry and Commerce and Vice President of the Lao Federation of Trade Union and the Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

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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.