Don’t drive when you drink - a responsibility to yourself and other road users

Vientiane Capital, 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!

Mr. Khamsouk Xayadeth is an office worker, living alone after his wife passed away six years ago, with a son who has his own family. But an accident on 4 March 2016 drastically changed his life. He remembers the day vividly: “That evening on my way home from work by motorbike, a car drove very fast, hit me and practically tore off my left leg. The driver of the car had been drinking. I cannot tell you how depressed I am after the accident.”

World Health Day gets everyone talking about depression

The Ministry of Health and WHO staff celebrated World Health Day 2017 social media campaign hopes to get everyone talking about depression.

Vientiane Capital, 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.

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.

Highlights from WHO Laos

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: who.lao@wpro.who.int