For a Lao mother, good nutrition turns despair to dreams
ADONE VILLAGE, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, 3 June 2015 – Thien was just 16 the night she felt her first labour pains radiate up through her belly and around her lower back. Three days later, her newborn first child died. Less than a year later, her second child died immediately after birth.
In the Lao People's Democratic Republic, UNICEF and the European Union join forces with the government in the fight against malnutrition
TONGWAI, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, 20 December 2012 – The rice is in harvest. As ears ripen, the landscape turns from green to gold. Farmers are hard at work, harvesting, threshing and pounding the grains.
In Lao PDR, a UNICEF-supported workshop helps health workers tackle malnutrition
SEKONG PROVINCE, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, 11 June 2012 ¬– Nearly 40 local nurses and doctors have gathered at the Health Department in Sekong, a rural province in southern Lao PDR.
In Lao PDR, media workshop encourages positive, holistic early childhood development
VIENTIANE, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, 28 March 2012 – Stunts by a miniature red buffalo stole the show at a recent ceremony held to screen new media productions for children in Lao PDR.
UNICEF launches Schools for Asia to improve education for millions
NEW YORK, USA, 10 January 2012 – UNICEF is launching Schools for Asia today, an international fundraising initiative to improve the access and quality of education for disadvantaged children living across Asia and the Pacific.
Lao PDR takes a swipe at measles and rubella
VIENTIANE PROVINCE, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, 8 December 2011 – The sound of a gong from a nearby temple echoes in the distance as morning approaches. The sky is still dark, but it’s not too early for Ms. Kongkeo, a nurse in the district hospital, who has been awake for hours. She and her team are preparing for another day of immunizations targeting children between ages 9 months and 19 years in the surrounding areas.
Lao lathers up for Global Handwashing Day
VIENTIANE, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, 25 October 2011 – In a crowded courtyard, rows of children lather their hands, scrubbing in unison and reciting the steps to proper handwashing. The activity, punctuated by peals of laughter, is part of a day-long event celebrating the fourth annual Global Handwashing Day.
After the storms, the rebuilding process continues in Lao PDR
BORIKHAMXAY PROVINCE, Lao PDR, 15 August 2011 – Seven-year-old May had been asleep for hours when the floodwaters came rushing through her village in the middle of the night.
'Schools of Quality' reach under-served rural children in Lao PDR
LUANG PRABANG, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, 26 July 2011 – Sipai, 10, works diligently at her desk in a fifth-grade classroom in Long Lao village, located 30 minutes outside the beautiful, historic city of Luang Prabang in northern Lao PDR. Outside, rugged mountains encircle the village and rise above the red earth.
New water supply system transforms lives in Lao PDR
KEUNG VILLAGE, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, 9 June 2011 – It is 4 a.m. and Sinsai, 12, is beginning his day. He starts by collecting water and then helps his mother wash the dishes and clean the house.
Early education programme increases access for ethnic children in Lao PDR
BAN LONG LAO MAI, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, 27 May 2011 – In Long Lao village in northern Lao PDR, 10-year old Thao Lee starts his morning helping his family with chores. His job is to let out the cows to graze, before sitting down to a breakfast of rice and meat.
Two-year campaign aims to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus in Lao PDR
VIENTIANE, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, 14 February 2011– As morning broke in the province of Bollikhamxay, health workers made final preparations for a mass immunization drive targeting women and children from surrounding villages. Tucked into the rolling mountainous landscape of Laos, Bollikhamxay is one of many provinces that recently conducted the third round of a national campaign designed to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus, or MNT, by 2012.
UNICEF and partners help Lao PDR Government address ‘alarming’ malnutrition levels
VIENTIANE, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, 14 September 2010 – UNICEF and partners have joined forces with the Ministry of Health in Lao PDR to address worrying levels of malnutrition among children living in remote areas of the country.
Youth radio programme teaches technical production and life skills
SARAVANH PROVINCE, Lao People's Democratic Republic, 16 August 2010 – This month, UNICEF’s interactive online community platform, Voices of Youth (VoY), and the International Children’s Day of Broadcasting (ICDB) to explore an empowering youth radio project in Laos.
UNICEF helps children overcome language barriers at schools in Lao PDR
TAMY VILLAGE, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, 2 March 2010 – Breakfast in the household of a rice farmer named Mr. Sutcha is a hearty affair that includes grilled fish cooked over a fire, a mound of sticky rice, and fresh spring onions dipped in a hot chilli sauce. It’s the kind of sustenance that Mr. Sutcha’s eldest daughter, Chapa, 9, needs for the school day ahead of her.
‘Schools of Quality’: UNICEF supports education for all in Lao PDR
TAMY VILLAGE, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, 1 February 2010 – The director’s office at the Tamy village primary school is adorned by a simple map. It’s not a map of Lao PDR, or even of the remote, northern Luang Nam Province where Tamy is situated, close to the border with China. Instead, it shows the village’s 66 wooden stilt houses, neatly depicted in black ink.
Tetanus vaccination campaign reaches remote areas of Lao PDR
VIENGXAY DISTRICT, Lao PDR, 16 December 2009 – Four days after its official launch, a Government campaign to eliminate Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus (MNT) in Lao PDR is being taken to women in some of the most remote parts of the country.
UN Secretary-General applauds AIDS awareness efforts in Lao PDR
VIENTIANE, Lao People's Democratic Republic, 14 April 2009 – United Nations Secretary-General Mr. Ban Ki-moon praised the efforts of the UN and its partners to raise awareness and understanding of HIV/AIDS in Lao PDR on a visit there this past weekend.
Children create giant mural to mark World Water Day in Laos
VIENTIANE, Laos, 25 March 2009 – As part of international celebrations for World Water Day 2009, Laotian school children joined forces to create a huge mural.
Youth radio initiative spreads health messages in Lao People's Democratic Republic
LUANG PRABANG, Lao People's Democratic Republic, 16 January 2009 – The thought of going live on the air might be daunting to most people, but not to Pany Vilaychith, 18. Despite her youth, she is the lead presenter on 'Smile of Hope', a weekly broadcast from a radio station covering Luang Prabang province, a mountainous area of northern Lao PDR.
Child Health Days guard children against polio in Lao PDR
BAAN HIN PAN, Lao People's Democratic Republic, 26 December, 2008 – From its lofty mountain perch, the little village of Hin Pan commands a majestic view of jagged peaks and thickly wooded valleys. But this spectacular setting also puts this small ethnic Hmong community of approximately 300 people beyond the reach of health and other basic services.
After floods in Laos, safe water is a priority for families
VIENTIANE, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, 8 September 2008 – In the nine years that he’s been director of the Sendin Village primary school, Sengtun Vongsay has had more than one opportunity to reflect on the destructive force of the nearby Nam Ngum River.
UNICEF and partners lay new foundations for education with child-friendly schools in Lao PDR
BAN DONGE, Lao PDR, 8 April 2008 – The residents of Ban Donge in Xieng Khuang Province are accustomed to the foreign tourists who drop by to have a look around their village. However, the most recent group of visiting foreigners was welcomed with a grand spectacle that included local students performing Lao and Japanese dances, a gymnastics demonstration and even a recital by a famous Japanese violinist.
Lao PDR declares 2008 the National Year of Sanitation
VIENTIANE, Lao PDR, 28 March 2008 – Lao PDR declared 2008 to be the National Year of Sanitation, illustrating the government’s commitment to UNICEF’s global campaign on water and sanitation. A recent ceremony attracted more than 1,000 people, including government ministers, schoolchildren and representatives from over 120 villages throughout the country.
UNICEF Executive Board wraps up field visit to Lao PDR
VIENTIANE, Lao PDR, 20 February, 2008 – Members of UNICEF’s Executive Board have ended a week-long visit to Lao PDR that gave them an overview of UNICEF’s contribution to development work in one of Southeast Asia’s poorest nations.
Lao PDR suffers first cholera outbreak in nearly eight years
VIENTIANE, Lao PDR, 30 January 2008 – The first outbreak of cholera in southern Lao People's Democratic Republic in nearly eight years has prompted a vigorous response from UNICEF and its partners.
Nationwide push in Lao PDR to eliminate measles
HOUAY NAMIEN, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, 16 November 2007 – Mid-morning on a Tuesday isn’t normally a time that you expect to see much activity in a Buddhist temple. But a recent Tuesday was different, and the brightly coloured temple in Houay Namien was thronged with mothers and young children.
Lao photo contest encourages ‘Caring Dads’ to protect their children from HIV
VIENTIANE, Lao PDR, 4 May 2007 – The setting sun behind Vientiane’s Victory Monument usually illuminates a throng of determined exercisers power-walking or jogging around this Laotian version of the Arc de Triumph, as the last straggling tourists climb back on their buses.
Travelling puppet show in Lao PDR promotes bird flu awareness
XAYABOULI PROVINCE, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, 9 April 2007 – When a giant rooster scattering blood-red feathers dashes into the middle of a rural village in northern Lao PDR, a group of startled children gasp and leap back in surprise. Their eyes grow wide as the rooster cackles out threats of a deadly disease, encouraging the villagers to ignore hygiene and eat undercooked food.
Theatre troupe raises avian influenza awareness in a Lao village
VIENTIANE PROVINCE, Lao PDR, 27 September 2006 – As the sun drops behind the tall teak trees surrounding Na Sala village in central Laos, the crow of a rooster erupts from amplifiers in a forest clearing. The area rapidly fills with people while children gaze expectantly at a curtain-covered stage. The theatre has come to town.
Laos: Special care for HIV-positive children
VIENTIANE, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, 16 February 2006 – It’s time for a monthly check up for 10-year-old Aling. After inspecting her vital signs, the doctor tells her the good news: Aling’s treatment appears to be holding back the HIV virus that has infected her since birth.
Mitigating the threat of unexploded ordnance to children
PAKSONG, Laos, 2 February 2006 – Sanchon and Andy have still not fully recovered from the day a bomb exploded at their feet. The two children had been tending to their family’s livestock when Sanchon picked up a round object in the grass.
Lao PDR launches UNITE FOR CHILDREN UNITE AGAINST AIDS
VIENTIANE, Lao PDR, 11 November 2005 - The Prime Minister of the Lao PDR, Bounnhang Vorachit, launched the UNITE FOR CHILDREN UNITE AGAINST AIDS campaign in Lao PDR in a historic meeting with HIV positive children and adults.
‘Immunization is an act of love’ – Revitalizing community demand for vaccination in Lao PDR
VIENTIANE, Lao PDR, 15 September 2005 – Though vaccination is one of world’s most powerful tools for saving children’s lives, statistics on coverage in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) reveal an alarming trend. Immunization has been on the decline since the year 2000 in this land-locked Southeast Asian nation, one of the world’s poorest.
Buddhist monks use art to teach compassion about HIV/AIDS
VIENTIANE, 23 December 2004 - Monks at the Buddhist College in Vientiane, the capital of Lao People’s Democratic Republic, have developed a series of posters aimed at spreading love and compassion for people living with HIV and AIDS, while addressing the stigma and discrimination surrounding the disease.
Water: The key to life and future development
HOUAY HID VILLAGE, Lao PDR, 25 October 2004 - Houay Hid village, in the foothills of Nam Bak district, Luang Prabang province, is surrounded by forest and fertile paddy fields. Its residents seem to have everything they need for a prosperous and healthy life.
Iodized salt means a brighter future for Laos and its children
BAN THA, Laos, 5 August 2004 – Vanhdy and Soudsadi Keothaune have had four children together. Even though the children are all equally loved by their parents, they are not all equally healthy.