Lao Improving Rural Health Initiative:
A Lao PDR and University of Calgary Collaboration
 
Lao PDR is an impoverished country in South East Asia, and their healthcare system struggles with enormous challenges. A majority of the population live in rural areas with difficult access to government services including healthcare.

Since 2002, academic doctors from the University of Calgary and the University of Health Sciences, Lao PDR have worked together to improve how doctors are trained in Lao PDR.

Presently, our project focuses on training and supporting doctors to provide primary care for Lao people living in rural areas. 
 
  • Over 170 graduates trained as Family Medicine Specialists

  • Over 70% working in rural areas in small provincial and district hospitals

  • A Family Medicine textbook authored by our graduates, the first medical textbook published in Lao language

  • Annual Continuing Medical Education event allowing Family Medicine graduates to share experiences, update skills and knowledge 
     
  YOUR FINANCIAL SUPPORT WILL HELP US TO…

  1. Fund a Family Medicine graduate to attend the annual three-day education event. ($200 covers travel and accommodation cost for one graduate)

  2. Fund a healthcare improvement workshop on site at a remote district hospital. (Such as Diabetes care)  

  3. Fund a “teach the teacher” workshop to train Lao doctors to teach their colleagues. (Creates sustainability)

  4. Fund the development of teaching materials specific to rural needs, in Lao language. (Such as mental health videos) 

  5. Fund the Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) project to reduce newborn death rates. (Donations cover simulator dolls and workbooks)
 
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Gifts received to support these areas may be directed to either endowed or non-endowed initiatives depending on the greatest need.