The Institute Francophone de Medecine Tropicale (IFMT) has been handed over to the Lao Government to manage.
The handover was officiated in a ceremony held at the Ministry of Health in Vientiane Capital on Aug 25 between President of Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) Jean Paul de Gaudemar and Minister of Health Bounkong Sihavong. Relevant officials were present at the ceremony.
The French government has provided financial support worth over (EUR 6.8 million) 8 billion kip to fund the activities of the institute since it was opened in 1998.
IFMT, the Francophone Institute for Tropical Medicine, is an international postgraduate school located in Vientiane.
It offers a two-year training programme to doctors and other health professionals in French and English, leading to a Master’s degree in tropical medicine and international health. About 300 students are expected to graduate this year.
Its location in an enchanting developing country and the network with many prestigious institutions in the region that offer services or that do research in the country and the Mekong sub-region, makes it an ideal place to acquire skills to act to improve the health and the well-being of communities living in tropical areas.
Source: Lao News Agency