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When the ground isn’t safe – Playing football in the shadow of cluster bombs

19-year-old Mini Phanthavong is a talented football player from Phonsavan, a town about 400km north of Laos’ capital Vientiane. At the age of 16, he joined his football-playing friends on an incredible journey to Sweden, where they competed in the largest youth football tournament of the world.

Playing football in Sweden is different from playing in Laos. Not only is Sweden on the other side of the world and has it got lots of lush flat grass to play on; in Sweden Mini did not have to fear kicking the ball off the football pitch into a cluster bomb contaminated area.

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Mine Awareness Day: The Vietnam War is still claiming victims

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ACT Alliance

April 4th is International Mine Awareness Day and DanChurchAid tells the story of Laos. The country where millions of bombs were dropped during the Vietnam War, and how the bombs still pose an everyday threat for the civilians in Laos

02.04.2014 by Nikolaj Søndergaard

Usually it is a bit of an overstatement when someone says, it is ‘raining’ something – but to characterize the bombardments of Laos during the Vietnam War as ‘raining bombs’ is actually quite accurate.

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Zambian President of the Convention on Cluster Munitions visits most heavily affected country Laos

In his capacity as President of the Convention on Cluster Munitions, Zambian Minister Hon. Wylbur C. Simuusa has paid a visit to Laos.

Laos is the country most heavily contaminated by cluster munition remnants, left over from bombings during the Indochina War of the 1960s and 1970s. During this period the United States dropped over 2 million tons of ordnance over Laos in 580,000 bombing missions. At least 270 million cluster bomblets were dropped as part of the bombing campaign; approximately 80 million failed to detonate.

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The 2013 Laos Floods: Responding to a disaster through a unique peer-to-peer cooperation between National Societies

In September 2013, seasonal flooding in two southern provinces of Laos were the worst experienced in 30 years. The Lao Red Cross, with support from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), French and Thai Red Cross, have been conducting a relief operation since October to assist 10,000 people with food, hygiene and non-food items. The IFRC released 300,000 Swiss francs from the disaster relief emergency fund to support the activities. The DREF operation closes on 2 April 2014.

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More work on HIV in Laos needed

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IRIN

VIENTIANE, 12 March 2014 (IRIN) - Health officials say more work is needed to fight HIV/AIDS in Laos, which has an over-reliance on foreign donors and lack of government support, as well as limited treatment coverage and a widespread gap in awareness and testing.

IRIN:

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EU aid to eliminate UXO threats in Lao PDR

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European Union

The European Union (EU) is providing more than €2.3 million ($3.2millon) aid to assist vulnerable people, ethnic minorities and those living in Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) plagued areas in Laos.

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Laos's urban-rural WASH divide

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IRIN

VIENTIANE, 5 March 2014 (IRIN) - Laos has been growing at 8 percent a year over the past decade but rural areas, where most people still live, are being left behind in terms of access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services, health experts warn.

Nearly half of the Lao rural population practices open defecation, the second highest rate in Southeast Asia, says a 2013 UN joint monitoring report.

IRIN:

A selection of IRIN reports are posted on ReliefWeb. Find more IRIN news and analysis at http://www.irinnews.org

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This article does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations or its agencies. Refer to the IRIN copyright page for conditions of use.

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Little help for UXO victims in Laos

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IRIN

VIENTIANE, 27 February 2014 (IRIN) - Around 25 percent of villages in Laos are contaminated by unexploded ordnance (UXOs), mainly from US bombing missions between 1964 and 1973, according to the Lao National Unexploded Ordnance Programme, and while UXO casualties have fallen sharply in recent years there is little support for UXO victims, whose injuries can drastically affect their families.

IRIN:

A selection of IRIN reports are posted on ReliefWeb. Find more IRIN news and analysis at http://www.irinnews.org

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This article does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations or its agencies. Refer to the IRIN copyright page for conditions of use.

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WPRO Dengue Situation Update, 26 February 2014

Regional dengue activity is variable. Australia, Malaysia and Singapore have been experiencing a greater number of reported cases in 2014 compared to 2013, for the same time period. The recent trend increased in New Caledonia and Lao PDR however, reported cases remained lower than 2013, for the same time period. The recent trend continued to decrease in Cambodia, Philippines and Viet Nam.

Lao PDR experienced a large dengue year in 2013, peaking in August 2013. However, in early 2014, dengue activity remains low, and substantially lower than during the same time period in 2013.

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WPRO Dengue Situation Update, 12 February 2014

Regional dengue activity is variable. Malaysia and Singapore have been experiencing a greater number of reported cases in 2014 compared to 2013, for the same time period. The recent trend increased in Australia and New Caledonia, however, reported cases remained lower than 2013, for the same time period, particularly in New Caledonia. The recent trend continued to decrease in Cambodia,
Lao PDR, Philippines and Viet Nam.

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Lao People’s Democratic Republic: Floods DREF operation n° MDRLA003 Update No. 2

Summary: CHF 292,168 has been allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support Lao Red Cross in delivering immediate assistance to some 10,000 beneficiaries (2,000 families).

Significant progress was made during this reporting period, with the major objectives of the operation completed well ahead of schedule. Suppliers were selected, materials procured, and, most importantly, all planned distributions were carried out.

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Mapping of flood affected villages in Lao PDR summary report

A series of five major storm events during the summer-monsoon season of 2013 caused flooding in 12 out of 17 provinces (52 out 145 districts) across the Lao PDR and affected a total of 395,000 people. Flooding is not unusual at this time of the year but the individual flood events were caused by different weather systems which occurred in different locations at different points in time (starting in July and ending in October 2013), and hit with varying levels of severity.

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Building resilience to worsening seasonal floods in Laos

By Kate Roux, IFRC

Each year, seasonal rains bring flooding to Thailand, Cambodia and Laos. It is not an unusual occurrence for communities in this part of the world. Yet in 2013, flooding in two southern provinces of Laos was far worse than has been experienced in past 30 years.

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Libérer le pays de la menace des restes explosifs

Le Laos est le pays le plus pollué par les sous-munitions et les restes explosifs de guerre. Handicap International lutte contre ces armes depuis 1996 au Laos. Mélanie Broquet, chef de mission pour Handicap International au Laos nous explique le travail de ses équipes.

Quelle est la situation du pays au regard des sous-munitions et restes explosifs de guerre ?

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GIEWS Country Brief : Lao People's Democratic Republic 28-January-2014

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Record rice crop estimated in 2013

  • Maize exports to increase in 2013

  • Food insecurity is of concern in parts of the country

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WPRO Dengue Situation Update, 28 January 2014

Regional dengue activity is variable. Malaysia and Singapore experienced more than a two-fold greater number of reported cases in 2014 compared to 2013, for the same time period. The recent trend continued to decrease in Australia, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Philippines and Viet Nam, and remains low in New Caledonia.

Lao PDR experienced a large dengue year in 2013, peaking in August 2013. However, in early 2014, dengue activity remains low, and substantially lower than during the same time period in 2013.

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WFP And Government Of Lao PDR Assist Food Insecure Communities In Saravane Province

VIENTIANE – The United Nations World Food Programme has provided 223 Metric tonnes (MT) of rice donated by the Government of Japan through the APTERR (ASEAN plus Three Emergency Rice Reserve) to assist severely food insecure communities still recovering from the September 2013 floods in the Khongxedone district of Saravane Province.

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WPRO Dengue Situation Update, 15 January 2014

Regional dengue activity is variable. Lao PDR, Malaysia, Singapore and New Caledonia experienced a two-fold or greater number of reported cases in 2013 than 2012 for the same time period. The recent trend continued to decrease in Australia, Cambodia, Lao PDR and Philippines, and remains low in New Caledonia. French Polynesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Viet Nam however, continue to report sustained dengue activity.

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Lao officials learning from Indonesia’s post-disaster reconstruction efforts

Jakarta and Yogyakarta, Indonesia – Senior government staff from Khammouane province of Lao PDR visited Indonesia in December in order to learn about the country’s post-disaster reconstruction efforts.

Hosted by the focal government agency for disaster management in Indonesia, Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana (BNPB), the Lao delegation was led by the Vice-Governor of Khammouane, Mr. Somchay Phetsinouane.

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WPRO Dengue Situation Update, 25 December 2013

Regional dengue activity is variable. Australia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Singapore and New Caledonia reported higher cumulative numbers of cases in 2013 than 2012 for the same time period.

The recent trend continued to decrease in Australia, Cambodia, Lao PDR and Philippines, and remains low in New Caledonia. French Polynesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Viet Nam however, continue to report sustained dengue activity.