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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.

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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.

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“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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Vientiane |28 July| Hepatitis: Think Again

Little is known about Hepatitis or viral Hepatitis and the diseases it causes.  This is why WHO and partners would like to urge all policy makers, health workers and the public to “Think again” about this silent killer on World Hepatitis Day.

“For years, viral hepatitis has been largely neglected,” says Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General at WHO. “But now we are beginning to see greater awareness and global momentum building to tackle it.”

Many people mistakenly think that hepatitis means viral hepatitis, and that all forms of hepatitis are contagious. Actually, the word hepatitis is a catch-all term that refers to any inflammation of the liver, irritation or swelling of liver cells from any cause.

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World Population Day promotes Investment for Lao Youth

Every year the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) jointly with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) celebrate the World Population Day in Laos. In 2014, the global theme is "Investing in Young People" which aims to increase advocacy for greater investment and attention to young people who is the central to the development agenda.

To mark this important date, a Youth Fair and Concert was held on 11th July at the Budo Centre with participation of 200 young people.

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‘Laos on Canvas’ drawing contest winners announced

Vientiane, 30 June 2014 – Drawings by Ms. Phettavanh Bualisisavath from Vientiane Secondary School and Mr. Jamebond Chalernsouk from Homsavanh Primary School were today chosen as winners of the “Laos on Canvas – Millennium Development Goals in The Arts” contest. The contest was held by the United Nations and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Ms. Phettavanh Bualisisavath, aged 17 won first prize for her drawing of activities to achieve MDGs in Lao PDR in the Secondary School category. The runners-up are Ms. Khemmany Inthaxay aged 16, from Chanthaboury Secondary School and Mr. Phonepaseuth Sengmanivong, aged 15 from Phiawat Secondary School.

New photo competition ‘Laos in Focus’ launched

WHO and UNICEF work to save 50 000 newborn babies each year in the Western Pacific Region

The birth of a baby is a cause for much hope and joy for families across this Region. However, for far too many, the happiness is short-lived as a newborn infant dies every two minutes in the Region. While there has been steady progress in the past two decades, much remains to be done to lower the number of deaths among newborn children.

“We are literally talking about the future of the Region,” said Dr Shin Young-soo, WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific, “No expensive high-tech solutions are needed. We can save 50 000 newborn lives every year by simply changing basic practices.”

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UN, ADB talks in Laos on sustaining development gains in South-East Asia

Bangkok (ESCAP News) – Shaping a post-2015 development agenda in South-East Asia was the focus of joint United Nations and Asia Development Bank (ADB) talks in Vientiane, Laos this week as senior officials from nine countries, representatives of regional and sub-regional organizations, civil society and private sector organizations gathered to discuss progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the development priorities of the sub-region.

New photo competition ‘Laos in Focus’ launched

New UNFPA Representative presents credentials to Lao Government

17 June, 2014, Vientiane.- Mr. Hassan Mohtashami, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) new Country Representative, presented his letter of credential to Mr. Alounkeo Kittikhoun, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lao PDR, on behalf of the Government of Lao PDR.

Mr. Mohtashami, a national of Iran, is a medical doctor, with specialty in psychiatry and post-graduate training in Population Leadership. He has earned over 23 years of health management and administration experience at district, national and international levels and started his career in his home country of Iran as District Health Director, World Bank Project Manager, and then CEO of Family Planning Association. Prior to joining UNFPA, he served as World Health Organization Advisor in Afghanistan. He has served UNFPA since 2004 as Deputy Representative in Sudan and Uganda and recently as Representative in Swaziland. 

New photo competition ‘Laos in Focus’ launched

Safe blood for saving mothers

Countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day on 14 June every year.  This raises awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and to thank the voluntary unpaid blood donor for their live-saving gift of blood.

Blood transfusion saves lives and improves health.  A single unit of blood can benefit several patients by separating blood into its various components which allows a single unit of blood to benefit several patients and provides a patient only the blood component which is needed.

The focus for this year’s campaign, “Safe blood for saving mothers” hopes to raise awareness about why timely access to safe blood and blood products is essential for all countries as part of an approach to prevent maternal deaths.

Motherhood is often viewed as a positive and fulfilling experience for many women.  However for some, it can be associated with suffering, ill-health and even death. 

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United Nations Resident Coordinator Presents Credentials to the Deputy Prime Minister

18 June 2014,

Vientiane Capital - United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative, Ms. Kaarina Immonen, presented her credentials to the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Dr. Thongloun Sisoulith, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 18 June, 2014. 

“The United Nations and the Lao PDR have a long history of successful cooperation, and I feel privileged to be part of the continuation of this strong relationship, particularly at this crucial stage of the country’s development.” Ms. Immonen said.

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