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Govt to encourage wider use of contraception

In a bid to lower maternal and child morbidity and mortality, Laos will aim to reduce the unmet need for contraception to 13 percent and increase the contraceptive prevalence rate using at least one method from 42 to 65 percent by 2020. The nation’s unmet ...

Official: inspection underway on reported import of human sperm

Health officials are investigating a report that human sperm has been imported into Laos, a senior government official has said. Lao law prohibits the trade of human organs including blood and sperm, Director General of Health Care Department under the Ministry of Health Associated Professor ...

Food safety first as national laboratory opens

Food security and control in the country has been boosted with the first official National Food Safety Laboratory opened on Monday in Vientiane. The new laboratory is the first of its kind in Laos, serving as a ready reference centre for the control of food quality ...

Laos marks World Health Day, focusing on depression prevention

The Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation to Laos are marking World Health Day, which is observed annually on April 7. The day provides a unique opportunity to mobilise action around a specific health topic of concern to people all over the world. ...

Laos placed among the lowest contraception usage in Asia

Laos, Nepal and Myanmar are the countries which have the lowest number of contraceptive users in Asia, according to the latest United Nations’ figures. The figures from the UN’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs, compiled by ANN/DataLeads, show wide disparities in the use of ...

Malnutrition remains a challenge for Laos

Health officials need accurate reports on community health, including figures relating to nutrition, if the problem of malnutrition is to be adequately addressed, the health minister has said. For several years, health officials working to tackle nutrition in some provinces have been reporting successes that ...

UNICEF extends support for improved nutrition

The United Nations Children’s Fund to Laos has forecast a budget of over US$7 million in assistance to Laos from 2017 to 2018 to improve nutritional health. The support comes under the new Health and Nutrition Programme for 2017 to 2021 and aims to improve ...

Health sector review calls for further reform

Ministry of Health officials and personnel from around the country met yesterday in Vientiane to review the progress of the health sector in 2015-2016 and discuss plans for the year ahead. Participants reported on their health activities and shared their future plans. They discussed advanced ...

WHO praises Laos' compliance with int'l health regulations

Laos will use the successful results of the Joint External Evaluation conducted by the World Health Organisation to promote professionalism and transparency in the health sector, Minister of Health Associate Prof. Dr Bounkong Syhavong has said. He made the comment at a closing workshop held ...

WHO expands support to health sector

The World Health Organisation has forecast a budget of over US$2 million in assistance to Laos from 2017 to 2018 to improve the health sector in the country. On February 21, the WHO confirmed that it will continue to provide around US$2 million in support ...

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