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Laos, Save the Children Int’l to reduce dengue transmission in Chanthabouly, Xaysettha

The Department of Communicable Diseases Control, Ministry of Health will work with Save the Children International in Laos to implement the project Pilot Implementation of the WMP Wolbachia Method Using wMel Strain to reduce Dengue Transmission in 32 villages of Chanthabouly and Xaysettha Districts, Vientiane.

On Friday at Lao Plaza Hotel, the Memorandum of Understanding concerning this pilot implementation was co-signed by Director General of the Department of Communicable Diseases Control, Ministry of Health Dr Rattanaxay Phetsouvanh and Deputy Country Director of Save the Children International in Laos Mr. Eli Mechanic, in the presence of representatives from the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Representatives from provincial and district administrative offices, also witnessed the signing of the MOU. This pilot implementation, which will be supervised by the Ministry of Health and implemented by Save the Children International in Laos, is funded by the World Mosquito Programme in Australia.

The main objective of the programme is to contribute to the reduction of dengue transmission in the Lao PDR and support the national goals outlined in the Dengue National Action Plan on sustainable dengue prevention and control through a comprehensive integrated approach, with the main activities will be to raise awareness through communication and encourage community participation, as well as to establish a plan for the release of Wolbachia-carrying mosquitoes and to conduct the field monitoring during and after the release period in the target areas of 32 villages of Chanthabouly and Saysettha Districts, Vientiane.

Source: Lao News Agency

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