Laos: MSF assists relocated villagers

International staff : 19

MSF provides technical assistance to strengthen the health structures in the southern provinces of Champassak (Districts of Champassak and Khong) and Sekong and the northern province of Bokeo.

Teams work alongside local health workers and collaborate with district and provincial authorities to improve health services. Activities include basic curative and preventive care in health centres, medical training and the preparation of treatment protocols.MSF is also carrying out rice distribution as the level of malnutrition is alarming.

The northern province of Sekong which was created in 1984 is one of the poorest. Each of the four districts has a population of 15,000 people, most of whom are from ethnic minorities. Other than MSF's support to provincial health management and the provision of technical support to the provincial hospital, MSF lends its support at every level to the health services of the isolated Kalum and Dakchung districts.

During the last months of 1998, the MSF team in Bokeo, in coordination with the provincial health authorities, carried out emergency assistance in response to outbreaks of malaria and diarrhoea in the displaced and resettled communities.