9th National Health Research Forum, Lao PDR
The LEARN programme recently supported the 9th Lao National Health Research Forum in Vientiane Capital,Lao PDR on 12-14th October 2015. The forum was expertly organised by the National Institute of Public Health. The forum was opened by H.E. Professor Dr. Eksavang Vongvichtith the Minister of Health of Lao PDR. Professor Vongvichtith expressed the need for health policies to be based on clear evidence. In her opening remarks Professor Dr. Pamela Wright, General Director of MCNV said that LEARN could help to assist the formulation and implementation of policy by helping to build the capacity of Lao researchers to provide clear and reliable evidence.
Over the two days of the conference, researchers presented on a range of topics including prevention and control of malaria, maternal and child mortality, nutrition, neglected tropical diseases and non-communicable diseases and human resources for health. The conference was attended by over 200 people including international experts from the Netherlands, Japan, Germany, Switzerland and Korea. The conference helped to showcase Lao research and provided a great opportunity for networking.