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Wednesday, September 15, 2021 - 4:30am

Vientiane, 13 September 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. 


USAID’s support will accelerate the implementation of the National Deployment and Vaccination plan for COVID-19 in Lao PDR by ensuring the health system's readiness for vaccine delivery. This funding will also be used to support the Ministry of Health in strengthening the regulations and policies for vaccine administration and safety.

US Ambassador to Lao PDR Peter M. Haymond delivered a keynote speech at the closing ceremony of the project
Wednesday, September 8, 2021 - 10:30pm

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
Saturday, September 4, 2021 - 5:00am

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
Saturday, September 4, 2021 - 2:30am

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
Thursday, July 29, 2021 - 12:30am

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.

United States Donates More than One Million COVID-19 Vaccines to Lao PDR Through the COVAX Facility
Wednesday, July 21, 2021 - 7:45am

Today, Lao PDR received a new shipment of COVID-19 vaccines donated by the United States through the COVAX Facility – a partnership co-led by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and the World Health Organization (WHO), with UNICEF as key delivery partner – consisting of 1,008,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen (J&J/Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine. This is part of the United States’contribution to the ongoing global efforts to end the pandemic, and support for Lao PDR’s goal to vaccinate 50 percent of its population by the end of 2021.

U.S. Provides $500,000 to COPE to Improve the Well-being of Persons with Disabilities
Monday, June 28, 2021 - 2:30am

With funding support from the United States, World Education and Cooperative Orthotic and Prosthetic Enterprise (COPE) signed a grant agreement on June 28, 2021. This grant will run from April 2021 until July 2022 and provide approximately $500,000 USD over its lifetime. Per the agreement, COPE will assist the Center of Medical Rehabilitation (CMR) and the Ministry of Health in providing affordable high-quality prosthetic and orthotic devices, which benefits their efforts to address the specific needs of children with cerebral palsy and other persons with mobility impairments countrywide. 

U.S. Funded Project Supports Ministry of Health to Improve Nutrition Research in Laos
Tuesday, June 8, 2021 - 11:00pm

On May 27, 2021, CRS and the Ministry of Health signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a new project “Applied Nutrition Research Capacity Building (ANRCB)” funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) through the LASER PULSE program led by Purdue University. ANRCB is the newest project under the Lao American Nutrition Initiative (LANI) to support nutrition professionals to conduct and utilize research to address malnutrition in the Lao PDR. The Lao PDR continues to improve nutrition and wellbeing nation-wide, and this new project funded by the United States will support these efforts to identify and address new ways to improve the lives of Lao people.   

U.S. Ambassador to Laos Peter M. Haymond handed over medical equipment to Vice Minister Phouthone Muangpak
Tuesday, March 30, 2021 - 5:15am

U.S. Ambassador to Lao PDR Dr. Peter M. Haymond handed over medical and laboratory equipment worth US $600,000 to Vice Minister of Health Assoc. Prof. Dr. Phouthone Muongpak at a ceremony in Vientiane today as part of the United States’ continued support to Lao PDR to respond to COVID-19.  This equipment is part of the overall funding support valued at nearly $8 million USD from the United States announced last year.

USAID and WFP Partner for Disaster Risk Reduction in Laos
Monday, March 22, 2021 - 1:15pm

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the World Food Programme (WFP) today launched a project on strengthening national and local capacities of the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare around emergency preparedness and response, with one project activity delivered at community level, targeting over 5,500 villagers. 

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