Queen of Belgium visits Unicef-funded projects in Saravan
Queen Mathilde of Belgium, who is also the Honourary President of Unicef Belgium, and Her Royal Highness's delegates visited projects jointly carried out by the government and Unicef in the southern province of Saravan yesterday.
The Queen, who was accompanied by the President of the Lao Women's Union Dr Inlavanh Keobounphanh, made her first stop at Sannon village in Laongam district where Her Royal Highness was welcomed by the district governor and locals.
During the tour, Queen Mathilde visited a project that provides health check-ups and vaccinations for children as well as visiting a school-feeding programme and Sannon primary school.
The Queen and her delegates also toured a Unicef-supported women's development centre in Thameuangxe village, Saravan district to learn about the centre's activities to raise awareness for mothers to prepare their kids on pre-education, promote child and mother health and hygienic practices.
Queen Mathilde is visiting Laos from February 20-23, which is in line with the Laos - Unicef cooperation framework, according to the Lao News Agency.
From 2012 - 2016, Unicef has carried out w ork programmes in Laos amounting to more than US$49 million. From 2017-2021, Unicef plans to carry out programmes totalling US$70.5 million, which will finance programmes in seven main areas of social protection, climate change and disaster response, education, health, hygienic water, nutrition, educational institute, policy and justice improvement.
On Monday, the Queen called on Vice President, Phankham Viphavanh at the Presidential office. Her Royal Highness also met with Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ms Khamphao Eunthavanh and President of the Lao Women's Union Dr Inlavanh Keobounphanh.
It is the first visit to Laos by a member of the Belgian royal family. The Queen has highly valued the cooperation between Unicef and Laos over the past years.
The Queen is scheduled to travel to Champassak province today to visit cooperation programmes jointly carried out by the government and Unicef.
By Times Reporters
(Latest Update February 22, 2017)