Health & Humanitarian

HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE, HEALTH & COVID-19 RESPONSE AND RECOVERY

Saving Lives and Building Laos’ Future Together

Supporting Laos to respond to emergencies

Australia has provided humanitarian assistance to Laos for natural disasters and other emergencies over the past two decades. In 2009 and 2011, Australia supported emergency relief efforts in the wake of Typhoon Ketsana and Typhoon Haima.

In 2018, we delivered relief supplies and provided recovery operations to people effected by the Xe Pien Xe Nam Noy (Attapeau) Dam collapse. Australia is proud to have been one of the first countries to deliver assistance to the displaced people in Sanamxay District during this unprecedented event. We recognised the importance of rapid recovery assistance for families and communities affected by the disaster. We worked with our partners to deliver WASH, food, tents and hygiene kits to the affected population, particularly the disadvantaged including women, people with disabilities, and the elderly, to help them recover quickly.

Longstanding collaboration in the health sector

Building on our decade long collaboration in the health sector, Australia also continues to support Laos to improve the health security and well-being of the Lao people. For example, we work with the Fred Hollows Foundation to protect young children from preventable disease and avoidable blindness to ensure they have an equal opportunity to fulfill their potential.  With Australia’s support, Interplast has also been performing life changing surgery and providing medical and nursing training in developing countries, including Laos, for 30 years.

Responding and recovering from COVID-19 together

Over the past two years, the world has faced numerous challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Australia is proud to partner with Laos and countries in our region to contribute to the equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines, economic recovery and regional health security.

Since the beginning of the outbreak, Australia has provided AUD 19.7 million for vaccine access support, including delivery of over one million vaccine doses, bilateral funding and funding through the Quad vaccine partnership; AUD 7.55 million in COVID-19 response support including for the procurement of COVID-19 testing equipment and consumables; and AUD 130 million to the COVAX facility.

Recognising the importance of good health as the foundation for the human resource and economic security of the country, our COVID-19 support package for Laos includes public awareness campaigns to engage communities and build demand for COVID-19 vaccines and strengthening health information systems. We also work together with our partners to build the capacity of the health care workforce to safely and effectively manage and administer vaccines.

“Quote from minister we’ve worked with on COVID-19 response”

Australia’s support will assist the Government of Laos and the Lao health systems to effectively prevent, detect, and respond to COVID-19, as well as other infectious diseases.

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