Category Archives: Health


Reducing Single-Use Plastic Bottle Consumption in Luang Prabang

It is estimated that more than 100 million disposable plastic water bottles are consumed by travellers every year in Laos. Most of them are not recycled. In many areas of the country, where waste management systems are not available yet, people burn their waste. Open burning of plastic waste is …

Dietician to Offer Free Workshop on Healthy Diets for Children

Student at Panyathip International School

Vientiane – Nutritional expert, Ulla Bahne, will offer a free workshop for parents and community members who are interested in creating a healthy diet for their young children at Panyathip’s Nonsavanh campus on Saturday, January 20th.

The event which is open to the public is part of a …

Mahosot Hospital Upgrade to Commence in Late 2018

President Xi and President Vorachit at Mahosot Hospital Upgrade Ground Breaking Ceremony, Nov 2017 (Photo credit: KPL)

The reconstruction of Mahosot Hospital is scheduled to begin by the end of 2018.

The hospital will be reconstructed as a four-building compound spread over 31,000 m2 comprising one 8-story building, two 4-story buildings and one 5-story building. The hospital will have a total of 600 beds.

“The hospital will be built to international standards to …

Laos Partners with Thailand, Myanmar to Control Air Quality

In an effort to control the cross-border smog caused by illegal forest fires, Laos has teamed up with Thailand and Myanmar to address the damage it has contributed to the environment and its poor air quality.

Thailand’s Natural Resources and Environment Minister addressed the topic at a meeting earlier in

Panama Epidemic Invades Banana Crops in Laos

A team of researchers from Bioversity International in collaboration with local experts, have recently reported that the popular Cavendish banana grown in Laos, has been infected with Fusarium oxysporum Tropical Race 4 (TR4) at banana plantations north of Vientiane.

Also known as Panama disease TR4, the disease is a

Experts Warn Asian Elephants Need a New Alternative

Once known as ‘Lane Xang’, or the land of a million elephants, the Asian elephant population in Laos has decreased by almost half in the past 30 years

New research by French scientists and conservation experts examines how elephant populations depend heavily on the socio-economic practices of a country.


NRA Aims to Clear UXO From 50,000 Hectares

The National Regulatory Authority (NRA) for the UXO/Mine Action segment has set an objective to clear and eradicate unexploded ordnances on 53,737 hectares of land from 2017-2021.

The target was announced at Wednesday’s 2018 work design meeting on the prioritization of UXO surveys, clearance, mine risk education and victim assistance.

Red Cross Urges Public for Blood Donations

In an effort to secure an adequate blood supply for the country, Red Cross officials are urging people to donate blood due to the rising demand in medical situations.

According to a Red Cross official, in order to maintain an adequate blood supply,  at least 1% of the population in