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Sunday, May 15, 2022 - 3:30am

VIENTIANE CAPITAL - Isobel Coleman, Deputy Administrator (DA) for Policy and Programming for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), visited Laos on May 13-14, 2022.  This visit reaffirmed USAID commitment to the U.S.-Lao Comprehensive Partnership, inaugurated by former President Barack Obama and President Bounnhang Vorachit in 2016.

The U.S.-Lao Comprehensive Partnership is based on common interests and a shared desire to build a foundation for the future.  Since the development of the Partnership, the United States and Lao PDR have significantly increased areas of development cooperation including in health, education, governance, economic growth, energy and climate change.  Most recently the United States and Laos have partnered on ending COVID-19, rebuilding Laos’ economy, and providing social services,  particularly for vulnerable populations, which have all been severely affected by the pandemic.

USAID Announced $5.6 Million to Address the Impacts of COVID-19 on Education and Economic Growth in Laos
Sunday, May 15, 2022 - 3:15am

Isobel Coleman, Deputy Administrator (DA) for Policy and Programming for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), announced US $5.6 million in additional assistance to address the impacts of COVID-19 on economic growth and primary education in Lao PDR on May 13, 2022. 

USAID and FAO Handover Personal Protective Equipment to the Department of Livestock and Fisheries to Ensure Safety of Veterinarians and Animal Health Workers
Tuesday, May 3, 2022 - 3:30am

On April 25, 2022, the United States through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) handed over Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and disinfectant materials to Mrs. Vilayphone Vorraphim, Director General of the Department of Livestock and Fisheries, at the office of the Department of Livestock and Fisheries of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. The support will ensure the safety of veterinarians and animal health workers investigating animal diseases in the field and aid in preventing disease spread. The generous support was made possible by the U.S. Government through USAID under the Global Health Security Project, implemented by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.

Photo caption: U.S. Ambassador to Lao PDR Dr. Peter M. Haymond joined Vice Minister of Health Dr. Sanong Thongsana to officially launch the Continuous Professional Development Training Facility for Health Professionals at the Center for Medical Rehabilitation (CMR).  The ceremony also marked the official handover of rehabilitation equipment to the CMR and Ministry of Health (MOH). (Dr. Sanong Thongsana, Vice Minister of Health on the left-side and Dr. Peter M. Haymond, U.S Ambassador to Lao PDR)
Monday, April 25, 2022 - 9:30pm

On April 20, U.S. Ambassador to Lao PDR Dr. Peter M. Haymond joined Vice Minister of Health Dr. Sanong Thongsana to officially launch the Continuous Professional Development Training Facility for Health Professionals at the Center for Medical Rehabilitation (CMR).  The ceremony also marked the official handover of rehabilitation equipment to the CMR and Ministry of Health (MOH).

United States and Germany Provide a Refrigerated Truck and IT Equipment to Support the COVID-19 Vaccination Effort in Lao PDR
Thursday, January 13, 2022 - 11:45pm

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Federal Ministry of Health of Germany (BMG) are continuing to support the Lao PDR’s goal to vaccinate 80 percent of the population by donating IT equipment and a refrigerated truck, valued at LAK3.83 billion ($383,794 USD) to the Ministry of Health (MOH), through the World Health Organization (WHO). This equipment will help the Lao PDR to expand the use of information technology to speed up vaccinations and ensure data accuracy throughout Lao PDR.

799,110 Pfizer Doses Donated by the United States Arrived in Lao PDR
Sunday, January 2, 2022 - 11:45pm

Today, Lao PDR received a new shipment of the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, which is a donation by the United States through the COVAX Facility - a partnership co-led by Gavi, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), and the World Health Organization (WHO), with UNICEF as a key delivery partner. The Pfizer BioNTech vaccine has been reviewed for safety and efficacy by WHO and is the first COVID-19 vaccine recommended by WHO for use in individuals age 12 and above.  These vaccines will protect lives in Lao PDR and help prevent dangerous new variants from spreading.

USAID Announces a Grant of USD 2.4 Million to Further Strengthen COVID-19 Vaccination Rollout in Lao PDR
Wednesday, December 8, 2021 - 1:15am

The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), officially announced an additional 2.4 million USD grant to UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) to further support the Lao PDR’s ongoing COVID-19 vaccination rollout programme.

MOIC and USAID Launch the Lao Business Ecosystem Partnership Fund to Support SMEs
Monday, November 8, 2021 - 3:00am

On November 5, 2021, the Department of Small and Medium Enterprise Promotion (DOSMEP) of the Ministry of Industry and Commerce (MOIC) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the Laos Business Environment Project launched the Laos Business Ecosystem Partnership Fund (LBEPF) supported by the United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). 

USAID and FAO Provide 12,000 COVID-19 Rapid Tests to Lao PDR
Monday, November 8, 2021 - 2:45am

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) handed over vital Panbio COVID-19 rapid test kits and AgPath-ID™ One-Step RT-PCR Reagents to the Lao Ministry of Health (MOH) on November 04, 2021. 

United States Supports the Lao Bar Association to Increase Free Legal Access for Vulnerable Populations
Friday, October 29, 2021 - 2:00am

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) provided a grant LAK 525,164,000 (or equivalent to $54,768.98 USD) to the Lao Bar Association (LBA) at the Vientiane Capital Court on October 28.  USAID Country Representative to Laos Mr. Michael Ronning and officials from the Ministry of Justice witnessed the signing of the grant between Vice President of the Lao Bar Association Mr. Volatsamy Soulipaphanh and The Asia Foundation Country Representative Mr. Todd Wassel. 

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