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  • US Ambassador to Lao P.D.R visits the Community Based Inclusive Development (CBID) USAID Okard project in Kham District

    “Persons with disabilities have capabilities, skills and talents to support and take care of their families, and at the same time they are inspiring and empowering others to overcome any barriers they may face in life” –  US Ambassador to Lao P.D.R – Peter Haymond. “The United States is proud to help Lao PDR improve the health and well-being of persons with disabilities under the U.S. Lao Comprehensive partnership”. On 28 August 2021, US Ambassador Peter Haymond and his wife Dusadee visited the Community Based Inclusive Development (CBID) USAID Okard project in Kham District, Xiengkhouang Province. During the visit, they joined a discussion with a group ...

  • Disability Inclusive Development (DID) training supported by USAID Okard

    Disability Inclusive Development (DID) training for community-based Self-Help Groups in Savannakhet and Xieng Khouang Provinces From July 27 to 29, 2021 in Savannakhet Province and August 10 to 12, 2021 in Xieng Khouang Province, USAID Okard, together with the Association for Autism (AfA) and core trainer team from four organizations of people with disabilities (Lao Disabled People’s Association (LDPA), Association for Deaf (AFD), Lao Disabled Women Development Centre (LDWDC) and Disability Service Centre (DSC)), conducted Disability Inclusive Development (DID) training for leaders of the USAID Okard-established self-help groups (SHG) from 13 villages in Savannakhet and Xieng Khouang to strengthen their understanding of the rights of ...

  • USAID Okard – COPE Clubfoot Refresher Training

    “It is a good opportunity for us to refresh our knowledge and skills on clubfoot treatment. During the training, after practicing on a clubfoot rubber mould, we had the chance to practice clubfoot manipulation and casting on babies in real time. I think the most important part of the training for us was to refresh our skills on how to put our fingers at the exact place to correct the foot deformities.” – Mr. Phayabseng Vilayvanh, participant from the Provincial Rehabilitation Sub Center (PRSC), Savannakhet Province. More than 200 babies are born with clubfoot every year in Laos. Boys are twice more likely ...

  • Social Club in Kham District, Xiengkhouang Province

    “This is a new experience for me to join this social club. I’ve been having fun with other participants through many interactive games, and yet at the same time, I learned about everyone’s stories and how they overcame their insecurities due to their disabilities. I’m so happy that I could share my feelings with others” – Ms. Nee from Heep Village, a person with mobility impairment who has recently joined the USAID Okard’s social club. On 29 July 2021, the USAID Okard Community Based Inclusive Development (CBID) team from the Quality of Life Association (QLA) in Xieng Khouang Province conducted a ‘social club’. The club is ...

  • #CBIDUpdate for beneficiary who has hearing impairment

    #CBIDUpdate: How Uncle Bounun’s life has changed since using his new hearing aid, donated by USAID! Let’s flashback to Uncle Bounun’s story – he travelled to Vientiane Capital through the support of USAID Okard, and after having a hearing assessment, the specialist clinic diagnosed difficulties in hearing and he received a hearing aid. Since returning to his village, the Community Based Inclusive Development (CBID) Facilitator visited Uncle Bounun at home to check in on how he was doing using his hearing aid. Uncle Bounun said: “I am getting more comfortable with the hearing aid and how to maintain it. Thanks to the doctor and the CBID Facilitator who ...

  • USAID Okard supported the Department of Health and Rehabilitation (DHR), Ministry of Health to conduct the first National Rehabilitation Committee Meeting

    The Ministry of Health supports the development of rehabilitation countrywide. On 16 July 2021, USAID Okard supported the Department of Health and Rehabilitation (DHR), Ministry of Health to conduct the first National Rehabilitation Committee Meeting. During the meeting, the participants from central hospitals and relevant MOH departments discussed tangible actions to be taken to implement the National Rehabilitation Medicine Strategy 2020-2025. The rehabilitation committee confirmed the importance of increasing rehabilitation for strengthening the health systems in Laos and the intention to follow the recommendations of the WHO Rehabilitation 2030 initiative. Rehabilitation is a set of exercises and treatments that can reduce disability and improve the function and ...

  • The Comprehensive Mine Risk Education (MRE) project brings unexploded ordnance (UXO) safety messages out of the classroom

    Puppetry has been a traditional method for entertainment and community education in Lao PDR, especially in remote villages without electricity. These same villages are also high risk areas for UXO. The Comprehensive Mine Risk Education (MRE) project works with the Ministry of Education and Sport (MOES) to bring unexploded ordnance (UXO) safety messages out of the classroom and into communities through its puppetry program. In March, the project supported 20 MRE puppetry troupes, which are led by local primary school students and their teachers, to disseminate UXO safety messages on International Women’s Day. These performances reached 6,080 community members, including over 4,000 children. World Education also traveled ...

  • USAID Okard VET training in Kham District, Xieng Khouang Province

    “I am happy to continue the VET training with the Okard project, this time we learned more about possible environmental issues, how to create safe and clean environments for livestock, and animal health risk control which is helpful for everyone who is beginning their livestock activity for income generation” – said one of the village veterinary volunteers. On 29 June to 1 July 2021, with the support of USAID Okard, the Provincial Agriculture and Forestry Office (PAFO) and the District Agriculture and Forestry Office (DAFO) delivered a second vet training and pig raising training to village veterinary volunteers, Community Based Inclusive Development (CBID) facilitators and CBID ...

  • USAID Okard is supporting the Center for Medical Rehabilitation (CMR) to establish a Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Training Center on Rehabilitation for Health Professionals

    Most people will need rehabilitation at some point in their life due to illness, injury or the effects of ageing; however, too often there is a lack of trained rehabilitation workers to meet this need. The Center for Medical Rehabilitation (CMR) is the key actor for building the capacity of health professionals to deliver rehabilitation services in health facilities in the Lao PDR. USAID Okard is supporting the CMR to establish a Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Training Center on Rehabilitation for Health Professionals to increase the number of trained health professionals available to provide rehabilitation services. On 1 – 2 July 2021, CMR, with the USAID Okard ...

  • USAID Okard Income Generation Activity

    Starting from early April 2021, the USAID Okard Community Based Inclusive Development (CBID) team proceeded with the Income Generation Activity (IGA), which provides beneficiaries with financial literacy, farm and non-farm training, tools, advice on suitable locations for home gardens and shelter, and assets such as poultry and goats, based on beneficiaries’ preferences. In Xayphouthong District, Savannakhet Province, IGAs are overseen by the Association for Rural Mobilisation and Improvement (ARMI) CBID team together with the local authorities from District Labor and Social welfare and District of Agriculture and Forestry, village authorities and VET volunteers in 16 villages. Together they help beneficiaries understand the concept of IGA, complete ...