Burnet Laos honoured with Prime Minister’s medal

Tracy Parish

12 August, 2013

Mr Thalalin Vongsonephet proudly displaying the Prime Minister's Labour Medal for Excellence in Social Development and the accompanying certificate.

Burnet Laos has been honoured for their outstanding contribution to the National Vaccination Program and awarded the Prime Minister’s Labour Medal for Excellence in Social Development.

The prestigious award recognises Burnet Institute and two members of the team, physician Dr Amphone Keoudom and experienced public health worker Mr Thalalin Vongsonephet. It also recognises the members of the project implementation teams from the District Health Department, Women’s Union, Youth Union and Village Health Centres for their contribution to the National Vaccination Program, an integral part of the maternal and child health program in Vilabouly District.

Burnet Director and CEO, Professor Brendan Crabb said it was a fitting recognition for the outstanding commitment of the Laos team to achieve better health for their communities.

“We are very proud of the work and achievements of our Laos staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to create effective change in health outcomes for their communities,” he said.

“This prestigious award recognises their great work.”

The nomination was put forward by the District Health Office in Vilabouly District and supported by the Provincial Health Office of Savannakhet.

The nominated program was supported from 2008-2011 by LXML/MMG, a gold and copper mine in Vilabouly run in partnership with Melbourne-based MMG. Since 2011, the program has been supported by AusAID but will soon have a resumption of funding from LXML/MMG.

Burnet has been involved in a range of public health programs in Laos PDR since 1998. Find out more

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