Vientiane – The Safe Delivery app, symbolizing the power of mobile technology, will soon be in the hands of midwives in Lao People’s Democratic Republic to help make childbirth safer for women across the country, even in the most remote areas.
The innovative smartphone application provides skilled birth attendants with direct and instant access to evidence-based and up-to-date clinical guidelines on basic emergency obstetric and neonatal care (BEmONC), to handle potentially life-threatening complications during pregnancy and childbirth.
a. Context and first responses
The Ketsana Typhoon entered the southern part of the Lao PDR on September 29, 2009, causing extensive damages to people's propriety, social and physical infrastructure and to the area's productive capacity. The country's five southern provinces: Attapeu, Xekong, Salavan, Savannakhet and Champassak were affected to various degrees, with Champasak being less affected than the other provinces, especially Attapeu and Xekong. Laos is among the four countries that have been affected by Typhoon Ketsana.
Vientiane, 16 June 2009
Lao PDR's first case of new influenza A (H1N1) was confirmed on Tuesday, 16 June 2009 by the National Center for Laboratory and Epidemiology (NCLE).
The infected person does not require hospitalisation and is currently isolated at home. He is recovering well with a mild illness that did not require treatment with Tamiflu medication. While the identity of the person cannot be made public, it can be shared that the person recently travelled from a country with confirmed cases of Influenza A (H1N1).
1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Heavy rainfall in and around the Mekong watershed caused the most severe floods in living memory in Lao PDR between 12 and 18 August. The Northern and Central regions of Laos were particularly severely affected, according to the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO), with flash floods reported which caused eleven deaths. Across the entire country, the NDMO estimates that a total of 204,189 people were affected in 866 villages of 53 districts across eleven provinces.