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Ministry of Health, UNICEF Discuss Nutrition Project


The Ministry of Health and UNICEF are reviewing the progress of UNICEF’s health and nutrition programme as they plan for the year ahead.

A review of past work and planning for the next year took place at the meeting about the Health and Nutrition Programme on Thursday in Vientiane, attended

SNU-Lao Foundation Provides Dental Training to Students


Students and teachers from the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Health Sciences recently participated in a training seminar on dentistry aimed at improving and developing dental treatment in Laos, run by a representative of Seoul National University, Dr Lee Jong-Wook.

The seminar was supported by the SNU-Lao Foundation …

Reduction in Underweight, Stunted Children Falls Short of Targets


Reducing the numbers of underweight and stunted children has fallen short of the targets set, despite the efforts undertaken to pursue the targeted plan, a recent government report has showed.

The number of underweight children less than five years of age has fallen to 25.5 percent of the total children …

Infant Immunisation against Polio Falling Short of Target in Meun District


Only 70 percent of children under the age of five in 22 target villages in Meun district, Vientiane province, have been immunised against polio and given protection against seasonal diseases.

The district health office had set a target for 98 percent of children under the age of five to be

HIV/AIDS Infections Increasing in Laos


The number of new Lao HIV-contracted cases annually is trending upwards because at risk groups are having unsafe sex and receiving treatment too late, National Committee to Combat HIV/AIDS (NCCA) reported yesterday.

Currently, there are some 11,500 people living with HIV in Laos with another 1,000 new cases each year, …

Doctors’ Training Course Boosts Health Prospects for Newborns


Paediatric experts need to learn more about infectious diseases, hematology, cancer, heart disease, kidney disease and neurology if they are to improve the health of newborns and children.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the Second Paediatrician Training on Monday, President of the Paediatrics Association of Laos, Associate Prof. Dr …

Regional Health Officials Mull Ways to Control Infectious Diseases


The prevention and control of infectious diseases will be more effective in the Mekong Sub-Region and Asia-Pacific Region after international health officials met for talks in Champassak province last week.

Health officials from Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam discussed how to combat emerging diseases and public health emergencies …

Diabetes on the Increase in Laos

Diabetes in Laos

The number of patients seeking treatment at Setthathirath Hospital is on the rise, especially among people who are poorly informed about how to stay clear of diabetes.

This year, more than 400 people are receiving treatment at the hospital’s diabetes centre, up from about 350 people last year.

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Free HIV/AIDS Treatment Centre Opens in Vientiane


The Ministry of Health recently opened a new unit to treat people living with HIV/AIDS at Mittaphab Hospital in Vientiane.

The unit comprises patients’ rooms, a laboratory, a counselling room, a pharmacy and other facilities.

The unit’s primary focus is to provide patients with advice on sexually transmitted infections, HIV/AIDS, …

HIV Prevention Project Underway in Champassak


The Integrated Development Project for the Prevention of HIV/AIDS has launched in Champassak province to prevent the risk of human exploitation and trafficking and risk of sexually contracted infections.

The project is now in its second phase in Phonthong district and runs from 2016-2019. The project targets six villages which …

Laos Orders Factory to Stop Recycling Spent Beer Malt Over Pollution Concerns


The Lao government ordered a factory in the capital Vientiane that recycles 80 tons of spent beer malt a day to shut down after its owners failed to control pollution from the process, RFA’s Lao Service has learned.

“We have suffered from the bad smell for over a year since …

Laos Vows To Cooperate With Other ASEAN Countries To Monitor Zika Infection


VIENTIANE — The Lao government will continue to collaborate with other ASEAN countries to monitor global and regional situation concerning Zika virus infection, China’s Xinhua news agency reported citing Lao state-run daily Vientiane Times.

Lao Minister of Health Bounkong Syhavong told a press conference here Monday that he had discussed …

Foreign Investors Inject More Interest into Private Hospitals


More foreign investors are interested in opening private hospitals in the country in response to growing patient demand for high quality health services.