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Vice Governor of Savannakhet Province Phoxay Sayasone (third from left) accepted some donated food and water from U.S. Ambassador Rena Bitter (center) on as part of the U.S. support for emergency relief in Southern Laos on September 13, 2019.
September 17, 2019

On September 13, 2019, U.S. Ambassador Rena Bitter announced a Disaster Declaration, and the immediate release of $100,000 in emergency relief in flood-affected areas of southern Laos.  The people of the United States are concerned about the ongoing floods in southern Laos and are proud to support the people of the Lao PDR during this difficult time.  

From center left to right: Room to Read Country Director Norkham Souphanouvong, U.S. Ambassador to the Lao PDR Rena Bitter, Minister of Education and Sports Sengdeuane Lachanthaboune, and Deputy Director General of the External Relations Mr. Phouvanh Vongsouthi officially launched the Learn to Read project.
September 3, 2019

The United States continues its broad support for education and opportunity in Laos.  On August 30 the U.S. Embassy formally launched a new basic education program in Laos with the signing of two memoranda of understanding (MOUs) to officially begin a five-year “Learn to Read” program.  The MOUs between the Lao Ministry of Education and Sports and implementing partners Save the Children and Room to Read mark the beginning of implementation for this important new program that is funded by the United States through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

U.S. Ambassador Rena Bitter and Lao Vice Minister of Health Khamphone Phoutthavong Tried out Bednets during a Handover Ceremony in Vientiane
July 17, 2019

Continuing the United States deep support of the Lao health sector U.S. Ambassador to Lao PDR Rena Bitter presented more than 174,000 additional mosquito nets to Mr. Khamphone Phoutthavong, Deputy Minister of Health, at a ceremony in Vientiane on July 9. These mosquito nets will be distributed to families in rural areas of the southern province of Champasak, where the number of malaria cases remains high.

June 3, 2019

USAID partners with Laos to advance economic reforms, strengthen the rule of law, and improve health and education outcomes for the people of Laos – all of which help build Laos’ self-reliance while elevating its role on the global stage.

Ambassador Bitter and Lao government officials joined a ceremony to formally launch #USAIDOkard
May 16, 2019

The United States continues to play a leading role in helping to improve the well-being of people with disabilities in Laos. On May 16, 2019 in Vientiane, the Lao PDR and World Education Laos signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to expand programs, which will increase the self-reliance of people with disabilities through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Okard program, a five-year initiative funded by the U.S. Government and implemented by World Education. 

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Last updated: September 18, 2019

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