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Laos to spend US$5m on HIV/AIDS, communicable diseases control
Publication Date : 10-10-2013
The Ministry of Health's Planning and International Cooperation Department and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) will spend more than 39 billion kip (US$5 million) on strengthening initiatives to combat HIV/AIDS and other communicable diseases in 2013 and 2014.
The project, titled the Second Greater Mekong Sub-region Regional Communicable Diseases Control Project and supported by the ADB, will focus on disease control, and disease surveillance and response. It is operating in 12 provinces of Laos that share common borders with neighbouring countries.
These provinces are Phongsaly, Luang Namtha, Oudomxay, Huaphan, Khammuan, Borikhamxay, Xieng Khuang, Saravan, Savannakhet, Champassak, Attapeu and Bokeo.
Director General of the Planning and International Cooperation Department, Prasongsidh Boupha, said the project will help the government to meet the Millennium Development Goals on reducing child mortality; combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases; and ensuring environmental sustainability.
The project recently finalised the overall Annual Operating Plan for next year (October 2013 to September 2014). This plan sets out the implementation schedule and funding for project activities and is based on priorities indentified by the project and each provincial project team.
“The focus will be on achieving the best results from project interventions and maximising impact and effectiveness. This meeting will be an opportunity for provinces to share experiences and to highlight local best practices that can be applied on a broader basis,” said Prasongsidh.
Other topics discussed include continuing dengue and other communicable disease control measures.
Prasongsidh said that even though much has been done to control dengue fever, many challenges remain and it is necessary to step up disease surveillance and response. This includes early dengue control measures to prevent the virus resurfacing the following year, especially in provinces that share borders with neighbouring countries.