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The launch of the Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance program in Lao People’s Democratic Republic

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.

Removing financial barriers to accessing health services

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.

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.

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Lao People's Democratic Republic
125 Saphanthong Road, Unit 5 Ban Saphangthongtai
Sisattanak District Vientiane Capital
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.