The year 2014 in review for Lao PDR

12 January 2015

Vientiane - The Lao People’s Democratic Republic is in a period of robust economic growth and dynamic change.  One would applaud the remarkable progresses in socio-economic developments and poverty reduction; with annual average growth of 8 per cent since 2006 and a US$12.79 billion economy, Laos is certainly enjoying one of the highest growth rates in the region.


This has enabled the country to halve poverty since 1992, and the government has set the target to reduce the poverty rate further from 23.2 per cent in 2012 to 19.17 per cent in 2015.  The per capita income is estimated to reach US$1,700 for 2015. 

Former WHO Representative to Lao PDR, Dr Liu Yunguo awarded the Medal of Friendship by the President of Lao PDR

24 November 2014

Vientiane - At a Medal of Friendship presentation ceremony led by the Minister to the Ministry of Health, Prof Dr Eksavang Vongvichit acknowledged the contributions of Dr Liu Yunguo, former WHO Representative to Lao People’s Democratic Republic from March 2011 to February 2014.  This medal was awarded by the President of Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Mr Choummaly Sayasone for Dr Liu’s contributions to development of health care in the country.

Dr Eksavang expresses his sincerest appreciation of Dr Liu’s dedication, in assisting the Ministry of Health to work to attain the health-related Millennium Development Goals; and especially on his strong support to mobilize technical and financial resources to combat the dengue outbreak in Lao PDR in 2013, the worst of its kind in the history of the country.

“Healthy Living” the recurring theme for World Diabetes Day

14 November 2014

Vientiane, 14th November 2014 - Most of us know someone who has diabetes; it is a disease that affects more than 347 million people worldwide and account for 1.5 million deaths in 2012 alone, with almost 80% of diabetes deaths occurring in low and middle income countries, frequently affecting those aged 35 to 64.

“The World Diabetes Day highlights the growing global problem of diabetes, where the increase is driven largely by the rise in overweight and obesity, affecting many people in their productive years and studies are showing that children are at an increasing risk of developing the disease” said Dr Juliet Fleischl, WHO Representative to Lao PDR.

Many countries are documenting higher number of newly diagnosed cases of type 1 diabetes particularly in younger children. The other type of diabetes, Type 2 has also been increasing reported in children and adolescents and is attributed to childhood obesity and physical inactivity.  

Textbook launch marks new learning opportunity on human development for Lao students

04 November 2014

Vientiane, 4th November 2014  Lao students will be able to study human development as an academic subject thanks to a new textbook launched at the National University of Laos (NUoL) today. 

The book, developed by the National University of Laos in collaboration with the National Economic Research Institute, Ministry of Planning and Investment (NERI) and supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), will be a tool for students to learn about the concept and key dimensions of human development. The Lao-language book is designed to expand the students’ understanding of people-centered development that does not only focus on economic growth, but also on the quality and accessibility of basic services, such as education, health and social protection.

Lao PDR and People’s Republic of China sign an agreement to enhance cooperation against trafficking

1 September 2014

In September 1st 2014 the Government of Lao PDR and the Government of the People’s Republic of China signed the Cooperation in Preventing and Combating Trafficking in Persons agreement in China. This agreement is significant step towards the two countries having more effective and tangible cooperation mechanisms to combat trafficking in persons and to enhance the cooperation in the border areas.  

Survey found essential medicines prices lower in public sector

Vientiane, 29 October 2014 

WHO - At a recent dissemination workshop to show the results of a survey done on essential medicine prices, Assoc. Prof. Dr Bounkong SYHAVONG, Vice-Minister of Health says the results contradict most public perception, that prices of essential medicines are lower in private clinics or pharmacies than the public sector.

Q & A: What does UN do in the Lao PDR?

27th October 2014 

October 24 is UN Day and to mark the occasion Vientiane Times arranged an interview with the United Nation Resident Coordinator in the Lao PDR, Ms Kaarina Immonen.

UN reaches out

United Nations Day celebrated in Laos

October 26th 2014

The 69th anniversary of the United Nations was celebrated today at a reception hosted by the UN Country Team in Lao PDR. Speaking at the event held in the UN House in Vientiane, the UN Resident Coordinator Kaarina Immonen reaffirmed the UN's commitment to support Lao PDR on its journey towards graduation from the Least Developed Country status.

UN reaches out

The impressive work of a public private mix pharmacy owner

Madam Khonesavanh Phuvongkonchanh runs a small pharmacy in Tatpo village of Pathoumphone District, Champassack Province since 1989.  She returned to her village to run her family-owned Khonesavanh Pharmacy after graduating as a nurse in Pakse.

The pharmacy serves about six to ten villages in the Pathoumphone area, and Madam Khonesavanh sees on average about three to four suspected malaria patients each day, mostly with high fever symptoms.  She says that most of these villagers are exposed to the nearby forests where they enter to collect wood and other forestry products.

New photo competition ‘Laos in Focus’ launched

Alexandra Bounxouei teams up with UNDP for UXO documentary

01 Aug 2014

One Day at a Time – Alexandra on the Bombie Trail is produced by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Lao PDR in collaboration with the National Regulatory Authority for the UXO/Mine Action Sector (NRA), the Lao National UXO Programme (UXO Lao) and the Lao New Wave Cinema Productions. The film is being launched today in Vientiane as part of an event to mark the fourth anniversary of the Convention on Cluster Munitions entering into force in 2010.

New photo competition ‘Laos in Focus’ launched

Maintaining human development requires reducing risks and building resilience

30 Jul 2014 

Vientiane –The 2014 Human Development Report titled “Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience” shows that the overall global trend in human development is positive, including in the Lao PDR. However, persistent vulnerability threatens human development worldwide, and unless the risk is systematically addressed, progress will be neither equitable nor sustainable.

New photo competition ‘Laos in Focus’ launched

“Family Planning saves lives”: Lao Parliamentarians

30 July 2014, Savannakhet - The National Assembly (NA) with support from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) organized a Family Planning Workshop for Members of the Parliament (MPs') from 30 - 31 July, in Vilabouly District, Savanakhet Province.

According to the Lao Social Indicator Survey (LSIS 2011-2012), more than 20 per cent of Lao women, particularly in rural and remote areas, want to delay or avoid pregnancy but do not have access to or are not using an effective method of family planning due to diverse factors which puts them and their babies at higher risk of dying during pregnancy and childbirth.

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