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Improving the health and nutritional status of infants, children and women is the key focus of activity in Vilabouly District in Savannakhet Province.
Supported by ANCP and LXML (a Laos gold and copper mine owned by MMG) since 2008, this project aimed to build the capacity of district health care personnel, especially in planning and management of primary health care.
The project spanned working in 24 villages in two subdistricts of Vilabouly, 14 villages near the mine site, and 10 villages that are up to one hour (35 km) from the mine in MeungVang.
The district health staff and health volunteers provide a variety of health and nutrition services to women and children under five years of age.
Local Project Manager, Kongchay Vongsaiya and her team travelled to outlying villages to provide a range of mobile health services such as vaccinations for children under five, antenatal check-ups, health checks and growth monitoring, diagnosis and treatment of sick children, and referrals of serious cases to local hospitals.
The villagers have enthusiastically supported the targeted health promotion activities that follow each health clinic and that encouraged the ANCP team to trial another initiative – kitchen gardens.
A kitchen garden program was introduced to some villages in 2013 with local women and men receiving vegetable seeds and advice about growing their own produce to improve overall health.
The activities undertaken were wide-ranging and follow the National Maternal Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) Program guidelines.
The training activities undertaken include:
1 July 2011-June 2015
In 2013, the project started its third year of ANCP funding and will receive eight months of support from LXML