Empowering inclusive communities in Lao PDR

World Education Laos is a field office of World Education, Inc., a nonprofit organization based in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. World Education is dedicated to engaging and empowering communities, families, and individuals through programs in education, health, mine action, and economic development. World Education Laos’ programs are designed to build capacity, promote self-sufficiency, and increase inclusion of all persons in Lao PDR.



There are 6,000 Village Health Volunteers (VHV) across Laos providing basic health care and first responder emergency assistance in rural areas, but there is no standard training curriculum. In an effort to standardize first aid care throughout Laos, World Education Laos’ Medical Capacity Development Team worked with the Ministry of Health, various INGOs, and VHVs to create a comprehensive First Aid Curriculum for Village Health Volunteers. The curriculum has been approved and is being used in trainings in Xieng Khouang, Houaphan, and Sekong provinces.