WFP Lao PDR Country Brief, August 2016

Situation Report
Originally published



  • WFP joined the Ministry of Health and other UN agencies in a campaign to raise awareness on the importance of exclusive breastfeeding during World Breastfeeding Week.

  • Partnership agreements with GIZ and Big Brother Mouse have been signed, for implementation of hygiene and literacy activities, respectively, in schools under WFP’s school meals programme.

Operational Updates

  • On World Breastfeeding Week (1-7 August), UN agencies under the joint Mother and Child Health and Nutrition programme (WFP, WHO, UNICEF and UNFPA) raised awareness on the importance of exclusive breastfeeding during a baby’s first six months of life. The Ministry of Health hosted an event in Vientiane, which aimed at promoting exclusive breastfeeding and raising awareness on the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes.

  • The transition from snack to lunch modality continues. Training sessions in lunch management and establishment of vegetable gardens took place in 247 schools. This brings the number of schools serving lunch to 506 (35 percent of the total number). The full transition will be completed by 2017.

  • The National Disaster Response Plan consultation workshop took place in August. Representatives from relevant ministries and WFP attended the event and agreed on a roadmap for the finalization of the plan expected for November 2016.