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National Institute for Public Health

National Institute of Public Health

The National Institute of Public health (NIOPH) established in 1999 by combining the role of Council of Medical Sciences (1992) and the School of Public Health.

The mandate of NIOPH was updated, its role and functions was revised and re-approved in 2013 with the vision to act as the focal point for health research in Lao PDR. Its mandate has been translated into activities of research, education, capacity building, and information dissemination.

NIOPH has basically four inter-related functions: 1) Evaluation, Research & Development to provide policy makers and implementers with tools, methods, and information needed to render decision making more evidence-based; 2) Training related to policy support, implementation support, research and development activities; 3) policy advise and support as a tool to provide answers to specific questions; and as a place of networking with the end-users of the evaluation, Research, and Development and a place where the experiences gained in trying to reform and improve health care in Lao PDR can be kept as the memory 4) support for health sector reform implementation at the level of provinces and districts.

Research activities in particular are a very important component for us and they form the base of our programs of capacity building, education, training, and informing policy makers.

All of published research should alignment with the latest National Economic and Social Development Plan, the new National Nutrition Strategy and Action Plan, and the five-year plan of the Ministry of Health, among other key guidance documents.

The NIOPH five-year plan calls for increased focus of research activities in maternal and child nutrition, risk behavior causes malnutrition, risk factors/risk behavior/perception for non-communicable diseases; reproductive health with focus to adolescent girls; tropical diseases and neglected diseases, health care financing, human resources, and health policy researches. We acknowledge and highly appreciate supports and collaboration we have gained from various institutions, which enabled us to conduct our research successfully. We look forward to having more collaborations in the future.

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MCNV is a Dutch INGO with the mission to support development activities in S.E. Asia. MCNV focuses upon social inclusion and aims to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to live healthy and fulfilled lives. In Lao PDR it undertakes integrated rural development activities with an emphasis on nutrition and mother and child healthcare. At a national level MCNV is supporting health research activities in conjunction with the National Institute of Public Health (NIOPH) and the University of Health Sciences (UHS), with a particular focus on youth and SRHR. More details


In Lao PDR, UNFPA is active since 1976 and works with the Government and international non-governmental organizations to support programmes that help women, men and young people to:

  • Have access to accurate information and quality Reproductive Health services through supporting supply-chain management, procurement of quality contraceptive methods, updating and disseminating guidelines and training in provision of family planning services with an emphasis on counselling and method mix
  • Ensure safe pregnancy and childbirth for all through establishing a Midwifery cadre and community mobilization efforts to increase awareness and facility births
  • Delay early pregnancy and early marriage by mobilising communities, increasing access to adolescent sexual and reproductive health services and facilitating the provision of comprehensive sex education in schools and other informal educational systems
  • Combat violence against women through the generation and dissemination of evidence to create a health sector response
  • Benefit from balanced, sustainable social and economic development planning incorporating gender equality
  • Mobilise youth participation and opportunities for young people to fulfil their full potential

UNFPA also assists the Government to collect, analyse and use population and health data to better understand demographic and health issues and plan for future needs.
UNFPA Lao PDR will initiate their sixth country program in Lao PDR with a particular focus on adolescent girls to support them to achieve a healthy transition into adulthood and achieve their full potential. Moreover, the next country program will support the government to achieve its commitment within the FP2020 agenda, ensure quality midwifery education and services and support the upcoming Lao Social Indicator Survey amongst other things. visit UNFPA Lao for more details