11 July 2018, Vientiane Capital - The Ministry of Health together with the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the World Health Organization launched the Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Surveillance program in Lao People’s Democratic Republic.
To support global and country AMR surveillance, KOICA has funded the WHO project “Strengthening global and national surveillance systems through strengthening national laboratory capacities and the workforce for surveillance of AMR”. In addition to the further development of the Global AMR Surveillance System (GLASS), this grant also supports AMR surveillance development in 4 countries, namely, Jordan, Peru, Mali and Lao People’s Democratic Republic.
At Sanamxay District Hospital, a family arrived on their tok-tok to seek treatment for Mr Khamxay, 68 years old, who has been experiencing prostatitis characterized by urinary problem for a month. His sister Mrs Phet, 49 years old had suspected appendicitis which had prompted the family to seek immediate medical care.
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.
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.