Supporting War Victims and People with Disabilities
Through a donation
from the Australian Embassy in Vientiane,
the Supporting War Victims project renovated
the operating room at the Salavan Province
Hospital, contributing to a lower infection
rate after surgeries.
Since 1996, World Education in Laos has partnered
with the Lao National Rehabilitation Center
(NRC) and the Lao Ministry of Health (MOH)
to improve medical care in order to assist
people with disabilities and survivors of UXO
World Education has helped over five hundred
UXO survivors in five provinces through improved
medical care and direct funding assistance.
The Supporting War Victims and People With
Disabilities project provides training in
hospital project management for administrators
and medical personnel, in order to develop
effective administrative and management systems
within the medical system. The project
has also trained medical personnel in specific
surgical techniques designed to best support
UXO survivors, and all trainings utilize
a training-for-trainers approach, in which
experienced staff learn the skills necessary
to pass their expertise on to other learners.
This participatory model of medical upgrading
was handed over to Xieng Khouang and Huaphan
provinces in 2004 and is presently being
implemented in Salavan and Champassak provinces.
The Supporting War Victims project also provides
essential medical equipment to hospitals
and medical centers, then trains staff in
the appropriate use and maintenance of the
equipment. New construction and renovation
of existing medical structures have helped
to accommodate patient caseloads.
Supporting War Victims and People With Disabilities
project (previously titled the War Victims
Assistance Project) has been supported since
1996 by USAID.
Read the story, Improving
Health Care Management in Laos