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USAID provides USD 2 million to UNICEF and the WHO to support COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout in Lao PDR
September 15, 2021

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on 13 September officially announced a grant of USD 2 million to help support the readiness, delivery, and monitoring of COVID-19 vaccines to Lao PDR and to strengthen the country’s cold chain system. The USAID grant to UNICEF and the WHO was announced at a ceremony held at the Ministry of Health and chaired by Minister of Health Dr. Bounfeng Phoummalaysith, U.S. Ambassador to Lao PDR Dr. Peter M. Haymond, UNICEF Country Representative to Lao PDR Pia Rebello Britto, and the WHO Officer-in-Charge to Lao PDR Dr. Jun Gao. 

US Ambassador to Lao PDR Peter M. Haymond delivered a keynote speech at the closing ceremony of the project
September 8, 2021

On September 7, 2021, the Ministry of Health (MoH) together with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Save the Children celebrated the success of the integrated Nutrition and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Project - USAID Nurture.  The closing ceremony was chaired by Minister of Health Dr. Bounfeng Phommalaysith and U.S. Ambassador to Laos Dr. Peter M. Haymond, and attended by representatives from the Government of Laos, USAID, Save the Children, and development partners.

United States and Ministry of Justice Launch a Legal Aid Webpage to Assist Vulnerable Populations
September 4, 2021

The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) launched the Legal Aid Webpage at a ceremony in Vientiane Capital on August 26, 2021.  The Legal Aid Webpage was recently developed and added to the MOJ’s main website (moj.gov.la).  The MOJ will use the webpage to provide Lao citizens with information about legal aid services.  The public can go to the website, ask questions, and request advice and consultation from the MOJ free of charge.  MOJ utilizes legal aid, including the webpage, to ensure that vulnerable people -- such as the poor, disadvantaged, people living with disabilities, children, victims of violence, and victims of human trafficking -- have access to legal resources.

USAID and MOH Celebrate the success of the Laos National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) Organizational Capacity and Strengthening Project
September 4, 2021

On September 2, 2021, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Ministry of Health celebrated the success of the Laos National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) Organizational Capacity and Strengthening Project, which ran from 2018-2021.  The closing ceremony was chaired by USAID Country Representative to Laos Michael Ronning and Dr. Phonepaseuth Ounaphom, Director of the Department of Hygiene and Health Promotion, Ministry of Health with representatives from the Government of Laos, U.S. Embassy, and development partners.

Vice Minister of the Ministry of Health Dr. Sanong Thongsana, and USAID Country Representative to Laos Michael Ronning witnessed the signing of the MoU for a new malaria program
July 29, 2021

The United States provided $700,000 to Population Services International in support of the Ministry of Health, Department of Communicable Disease Control, Center of Malariology, Parasitology, and Entomology (CMPE), via the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI). This grant will support the Strengthening Surveillance to Accelerate Malaria Elimination project under the Impact Malaria Program in Lao PDR, from 2021 to 2023.

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Last updated: September 15, 2021

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