Field mission to Savannakhet inspects Luxembourg assisted health project
Representatives from the Ministry of Health and United Nations Joint Programme (UNJP) for Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH) are currently visiting a Luxembourg assisted project in Savannakhet province from March 29-31.
The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is funding 6.5 million euros for the period 2017-2020, to support the implementation of the government's National Strategy and Action Plan for Integrated Services for RMNCH 2016-2025.
The aim is to improve the health status of women, newborns, children and adolescent girls in Laos, according to the United Nations Children's Fund.
The objectives of the mission will be to review the progress made during Phase I (2011-2016) at provincial and district level; to assess challenges and opportunities for Phase II (2017-2020); and to support the policy dialogue with decision makers for mobilisation of resources required to strengthen health systems at the subnational level.
Participants to the mission include the Deputy Minister of Health, Dr Phouthone Muongpak, Chargé d'Affaires, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg Embassy to Laos, Claude Jentgen as well as the Heads of the three UN agencies involved in the UN Joint Programme: Ms Hongwei Gao from UNICEF, Dr Juliet Fleischl from WHO, and Ms Frederika Meijer from UNFPA.
The United Nations Children's Fund also reported, the current UNJP will continue to address reproductive health, maternal and child mortality and under nutrition, and expand support to young people in line with government priorities.
Through this programme, UN agencies bring together their diverse expertise that has so far contributed to the improvement of the Lao public health system. Savannakhet is one of the three provinces selected for modelling, while Borikhamxay and Bokeo are the other two provinces already included in Phase I.
This field mission will provide participants with valuable insights and lessons learned on the first phase of the UNJP, as the partners embark on Phase II.
By Times Reporters
(Latest Update March 31, 2017)