By Aimee Falkum
GENEVA (20 November 2017) - Lao has made good progress on child protection but must do more to tackle a range of problems including child trafficking, forced marriage, prostitution, online sexual abuse, and sexual exploitation by travellers, a UN human rights expert has concluded after visiting the country.
More than 1 million people across 14 provinces will benefit from project expansion
VIENTIANE, November 6, 2017 – More than one million people across 14 provinces in Lao PDR will benefit from the expansion of the Health Governance and Nutrition Development Project (HGNDP).
From the sky, Savannakhet Province, in southern Lao PDR, exudes an idyllic beauty. Roughly translated as ‘Land of Fertility’ or “Golden Land”, Savannakhet appears as a glorious mosaic of rice paddies, rivers and dirt roads which criss-cross dense woodland-like strands of rust-coloured cotton thread.
Yet down below, on the ground, those tiny lines reveal themselves as something else entirely. Muddy tracks, potholed, deep-crevassed, animal-littered - and treacherous.
“Just lie still and relax. Breathe slowly. That’s it”.
In September, with the start of the school year,
WFP completed the transition from mid-morning snacks to school lunch provision, now in all 1,444 of its assisted primary schools.
In collaboration with the Ministry of Health and the National Nutrition Committee Secretariat, WFP launched the “Fill the Nutrient Gap” analysis report for Lao PDR.
With the commencement of the school year in September, WFP completed the transition from mid-morning snacks to full lunch provision.
A roadmap for the handover of the school lunch programme to the Government and communities is drafted and being reviewed in consultation with stakeholders.
In August, WFP and the Government conducted joint needs assessments in response to tropical storm SONCA-17.
The Mekong River Commission monitors the Mekong river daily, including water level, water quality, as well as flood and drought forecasting. Our data affirms that Typhoon Doksuri (Doksuri) is the main contributor to the rising water level in the Lower Mekong Basin (LMB).
Hundreds of thousands of cubic feet of muddy water have flooded eight villages in central Laos’ Xaysomboun province after the reservoir of a dam upstream burst its banks last week following heavy rain, damaging infrastructure, farmlands, and water supplies.
When the reservoir of the Nam Ao Dam in Phaxay district in northeastern Laos’ Xieng Khouang province broke on Sept. 11, it sent 500,000 cubic meters of water downstream in severe flashfloods that inundated the villages with water, seriously damaging one of them, according to officials.
Tropical storm Sonca-17 has caused heavy rains and flash floods in six provinces. WFP and the Government are conducting rapid assessments.
Stocks of rice and canned fish are available, and emergency food assistance can be provided to the affected populations in case of need.
The cash-based transfers programme will be expanded to 33 schools from September. It will complement the in-kind assistance already provided by WFP to ensure children receive a diversified lunch made with fresh local food.
“Fill the Nutrient Gap” (FNG), is a situation analysis and decision-making tool developed by the World Food Programme (WFP) with inputs from the University of California, Davis; the International food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI); Epicentre; the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF); Harvard University; and Mahidol University. It identifies context-specific strategies for improving nutritional intake of vulnerable populations, especially during the first 1,000 days.
VIENTIANE – Today, the Lao PDR Ministry of Health, jointly with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), launched the country’s first Fill the Nutrient Gap report. The report confirmed that despite significant progress, Lao PDR has some of the highest rates of malnutrition in South East Asia, with more than one third of children under five (35.6 percent) suffering from stunting or chronic malnutrition.
New World Bank project to help protect thousands against the impact of flooding
The Mekong region has witnessed considerable deterioration of watersheds from war, logging, mining, population growth, hydropower and irrigation development, and clearing of terrestrial and flooded forests for agriculture. Some areas of the Mekong basin have lost over half of their original forest cover leading to soil erosion, flash floods, and a decline in the provision of ecological goods and services.
The Government of Lao PDR, Development Partners and UXO Operators build a solid foundation to achieve the national Sustainable Development Goal 18, “Lives Safe from UXO”
The Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) Sector Working Group met today in Vientiane to discuss and outline progress and plans for dealing with the UXO obstacle to Lao PDR’s development. Sector Working Groups link local progress to national plans and policies within the national Round Table Process, Lao PDR’s development cooperation forum.
The U.S. Agency for International Development “Nurture” (USAID Nurture) project, led by Save the Children (SC) is aimed at contributing to a reduction in young child stunting. Over a three-year period, USAID Nurture will be implemented in all villages of six districts of two provinces in the central region of Lao PDR.
Heavy rainfall in Lao PDR between 25 July and 5 August has resulted in flooding in several provinces, affecting human life, housing, agriculture and infrastructure.
The most affected Provinces are Oudomxay, Bolikhamxay, Sekong, Attapeu, Saravane, Champasack, Xayyabuly, Vientiane and Khammoun.
Whilst assessments are ongoing, preliminary data indicates that more than 100 000 people have been affected and at least 4 people are reported dead.
This map illustrates the satellite-detected water extent in the District of Khamkeuth in Borikhamxay province, in the central-northern part of Lao People’s Democratic Republic after the tropical storm SONCA-17. The UNITAR-UNOSAT analysis used a Sentinel-1 satellite image acquired on the 11 August 2017 and detected several area s with potentially standing waters. In the district of Khamkeuth ~ 2,441 ha are likely flooded. Kindly note, the district of Khamkeuth has been partially analyzed due to the image does not cover the full district.
This map illustrates the satellite-detected water extent in the Phonhong & Viengkham Districts, Vientiane Province, in the northwestern part of Lao People?s Democratic Republic after the tropical storm SONCA-17. The UNITAR-UNOSAT analysis used a Sentinel-1 satellite image acquired on the 1 August 2017 and detected several areas with potentially standing waters. In the district of Phonhong 2,045 ha are likely flooded and in the district of Viengkham 1,077 ha. This is a preliminary analysis and has not yet been validated in the field. Please send ground feedback to UNITAR-UNOSAT.
This map illustrates the satellite-detected water extent in the District of Sanamay, Attapeu Province, in the southwestern part of Lao People's Democratic Republic after the tropical storm SONCA-17. The UNITAR-UNOSAT analysis used a Sentinel-1 satellite image acquired on the 30 July 2017 and detected several areas with potentially standing waters. In the district of Sanamxay ~5,225 ha are likely flooded.This is a preliminary analysis and has not yet been validated in the field. Please send ground feedback to UNITAR-UNOSAT.