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Going the extra mile in Laos

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Lao Peoples' Democratic Republic, 2001

Nearly half of the Laotian people live in remote villages that are more than a day's walk from the nearest health centre. Vaccinators Khamsone Chantara and Soulivanh Laluanglad must often brave rugged terrain, marginal roads and torrential downpours to reach the approximately 100 villages in Luang Namtha, a province in the far north of Laos. “Since there are not always roads leading to the villages, we often have to walk for many hours and to climb mountains and hills in order to reach the women and children in our target group,” says Chantara.