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Wednesday, June 29, 2022 - 4:30am

Vientiane Capital, June 29, 2022 – The United States through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) officially handed over cold chain and IT equipment worth around U.S. $150,000 to the Ministry of Health (MOH) to further expand COVID-19 vaccination coverage in Lao PDR, especially in hard-to-reach communities.

The handover of the equipment, which was procured with the support of UNICEF, was held at the office of the National Immunization Programme in the presence of Dr. Phonepaseuth Ounaphom, Director General of Department of Hygiene and Health Promotion, Ministry of Health, Mr. Cullen Hughes, acting USAID Country Representative to Lao PDR, and Ms. Rie Takesue, OIC Chief of Health, UNICEF Lao PDR.

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. 

Center, U.S. Ambassador to Lao PDR Dr. Peter M. Haymond and Vice Minister Dr. Phouthone Muengpak witnessed the MOU signing ceremony of the new USAID-funded HIV program.
Friday, March 12, 2021 - 4:30am

Continuing the United States’ longstanding partnership with the Government of Lao PDR to eliminate HIV/AIDS, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) launched a new three-year HIV/AIDS program, “Meeting Targets and Maintaining Epidemic Control” or EpiC on March 12, 2021 in Vientiane Capital. 

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Last updated: March 06, 2021

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