First Aid Workshop for Parents to Offer Valuable Training

Panyathip First Aid Japan Heart

Japan Heart will hold a free workshop on first aid as part of Panyathip International School’s ongoing monthly series for the parenting community at its Nonsavanh campus this Saturday.

The workshop includes two sessions by Akiko Matsuura and Zain Iqbal of Japan Heart, an international non-governmental organization which delivers medical care in the developing world. The first session is a lecture and discussion followed by a hands-on activity for applying techniques.

The second of a series of free events associated with the launch of a new online resource for parents in Laos sponsored by Panyathip International School, the workshop is a way to build community and provide much needed information.

“Our aim is to provide a forum for parents to discuss issues related to parenting in Laos,” said Natalie Taylor, who is coordinating the workshops. “We know that it is often difficult for parents to find reliable sources with the latest information.”

The Parenting Community seeks to empower parents with knowledge on topics ranging from health and safety, learning styles, behavior, counseling, nutrition, and many others.

The series, offered in both English and Lao, is open to the public and childcare with plenty of activities led by qualified teachers is available during the workshops to enable parents to participate. The one of a kind website in Laos is also in Lao and English text.

“We are thrilled to host these workshops at our new Nonsavanh campus,” said Greg Dolezal, head of school. “The facility is conducive to public events and the children can enjoy the green space and play area guided by our teachers while their parents attend.”

The previous workshop, presented by Dr. Soulivanh Pholsena, Director of Foreign Relations at the Lao Ministry of Health, addressed strategies for prevention of the spread of Dengue and other diseases which can endanger children.

“This series is an indispensable resource,” said Pholsena, a regular contributor to the Parenting Community website. “It’s very important for parents to have access to up to date information. I’m proud to be a part of this project and give back to the community.”

With limited information available in the Lao language for parents seeking advice, what often happens is that those who can afford assistance have few issues, however the vast majority in Laos lack access.

“Fortunately, many Lao people now have access to the internet on their phones,” said Taylor, “although much of what they find is not relevant in Laos or can be difficult to understand in English.”

The event is this Saturday, December 9th, from 9am to 11am at Panyathip’s Nonsavan campus. More information can be found on the parenting community website (

Contact: Natalie Taylor,, 030 981 8999