(KPL) Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith visited Xepon district, Savannakhet Province to guide local authorities on helping flood victims and bringing their lives back to normalcy on Oct 23. Xepon was hit by major floods between Oct 7-21 due to recent tropical storms. The Prime Minister also visited an evacuation centre in Vangkhok village which accommodates displaced people. Of the total of 115 houses in the village, 26 houses were washed away and 6 houses badly damaged by the natural disaster. Some 47 villages with over 2,700 families across Xepon district have been affected by floods. The natural disaster has claimed one life and displaced over 2,000 families with 109 houses damaged or washed away by floodwater.

(KPL) French Ambassador to the Lao PDR Florence Jeanblanc-Risler signed five financing agreements with Lao civil society organizations (CSOs) as part of French small grant programme called PISCCA “Innovative Projects from Civil Societies and Coalitions of Actors”. The agreement was signed at the French Residence, Vientiane on Oct 22.

(KPL) COVID-19 requires a great reset of social behaviours, without that, the medium- and long-term impacts could be even more severe. An important part is to encourage youth to be active engaged citizens, who can dialogue about young peoples’ basic rights to health, safety, choice and opportunity. To safeguard these rights, UNFPA is supporting recovery plans in the Lao PDR to reimagine, adapt and supplement the diverse range of interventions across the country. Amongst key interventions, UNFPA is supporting continuity of sexual and reproductive health services and mental health and psychosocial support to young people.

(KPL) Over 170 researchers and practitioners from different parts of the country convened for the 5th annual adolescent research day forum in Vientiane on Oct 15 and presented recent research evidence on health and development of adolescents in the context of 9th National Socio-Economic Development. Participants from different government ministries, research institutions, universities, UN agencies and international organizations attended this research forum organized by the Lao Tropical and Public Health Institute and UNFPA with support from the government of Luxembourg.

(KPL) Climate resilient agriculture, eco-friendly agriculture systems and livelihoods in the Lao PDR’s Attapeu province are the focus of a project of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in the Lao PDR in collaboration with the Department of Planning and Finance (DOPF), Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and the Provincial Department Agriculture and Forestry.

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