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Laos introduced the Measles Rubella second dose to protect children aged 12 to 18 months


22 November 2017, Vientiane Capital - The Ministry of Health with support from WHO, UNICEF and development partners have introduced the second dose of Measles-Rubella vaccine(MR2) into the routine immunization service.

This is in line with the Global Measles and Rubella Strategic Plan (2012-2020) and the draft Regional Strategy and Plan of Action for Measles and Rubella Elimination in the Western Pacific aiming to achieve and sustain the elimination of measles and rubella in all countries and areas of the Region.

UN Day Open House in Lao People’s Democratic Republic


26 October 2017, Vientiane Capital - The UN Day is celebrated every year on 24 October, and this year’s event invited 150 students aged 10 to 15 years old to visit the UN House and understand the work of the UN agencies in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals.

CL-SWASH video production on Khong Island, Champassack Province


16 October 2017, Champassack Province - The CL-SWASH which stands for Community-Led initiatives to eliminate Schistosomiasis by combining deworming with WASH interventions is a project led by the Department of Communicable Disease Control (DCDC) and the National Centre for Environmental Health and Water Supply (Nam Saat) of the Ministry of Health (MOH). The goal is to eliminate schistosomiasis as a public health problem by 2018 and transmission by 2025.

The first “Lunchtime Brownbag Session” held in WHO Laos


4 September 2017, Vientiane Capital - 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.

Contact Details

World Health Organization Representative Office
Lao People's Democratic Republic
125 Saphanthong Road, Unit 5 Ban Saphangthongtai
Sisattanak District Vientiane Capital
Lao People's Democratic Republic
Telephone: (856) 21 353-902 / 3 / 4
Facsimile: (856) 21 353-905
E-mail: wplaowr@who.int


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.