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WHO backed the Government of Lao PDR in calling for compliance to the Tobacco Control Law and its 2016 regulations

6 February 2018, Vientiane Capital - WHO stand with the Lao Government, the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Trade and Industry, and Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) to name the Lao Tobacco Company (Imperial Tobacco Group) and Lao China Hongta Good Luck Company, for their failure to comply with the Tobacco Control Law and its 2016 regulations which requires 75 per cent Pictorial Health Warning (PHW) on all cigarette packs in Lao PDR. Dr Juliet Fleischl, WHO Representative to Lao PDR said that “WHO and partners consider this non-compliance a serious violation of the Tobacco Control Law and its 2016 regulations and we urge the Prime Minister’s Office and relevant ministries to take firm action against the two companies.”

Preventing leprosy-related disabilities in children #ZeroDisabilities #ZeroLeprosy

1 February 2018, Vientiane Capital - The Ministry of Health conducted a review meeting to discuss the results from an intensified leprosy case findings activity that took place in Xiengkhuang Province in December last year. This review activity coincides with the World Leprosy Day that was marked on the last Sunday of January.

The Minster, Dr Bounkong Syhavong joined by WHO Representative, Dr Juliet Fleischl and Director of the National Dermatology Centre and Head of the National Leprosy Control Programme, Dr Sisavath Manivong discussed about lessons learnt and the advantages of these surveillance activities that promote early detection in preventing disability.

Watch CL-SWASH advocacy video online

WHO in Lao People’s Democratic Republic developed two videos to showcase the successful implementation of Community-Led initiatives to eliminate Schistosomiasis by combining deworming with WASH interventions (CL-SWASH) project in Khong District, Champassack Province to share with the other Greater Mekong sub-region (GMS) and Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries.

Please click the links below to watch the videos:
Schistosomiasis Video full
Schistosomiasis Video short

WHO staff in Laos celebrates Universal Health Coverage Day

Vientiane Capital, 12 December 2017 – The Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Day falls on 12 December each year to raise awareness of what it is and its scope. There are two themes this year, “Health for all” and “Rise for our rights”, as health is a fundamental human right.

Health for all envisions securing the health and well-being of people around the world, allowing them to lead socially and economically productive lives. The right to health for all people means that everyone should have access to the health services they need, when and where they need them, without suffering financial hardships.

World AIDS Day 2017 promotes the “Right to Health”

1 December 2017, Vientiane Capital - The World AIDS Day campaign promote the theme “Right to Health” and the challenges that the 36.7 million people worldwide living with HIV face in realising that rights, especially for those who are vulnerable and affected by the epidemic.

The rights to health is also interrelated with a range of other rights, including rights to clean water, sanitation, decent housing, and access to health services, food, clean environment and safe working conditions.

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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.