An official website of the United States government
Here's how you know
A .mil website belongs to an official U.S. Department of Defense organization in the United States.
A lock (lock ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .mil website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

Home : Media : News : News Article View
NEWS | Jan. 5, 2023

U.S. Provides Bednets and Equipment Worth $160,486 to Lao PDR for Malaria Prevention

VIENTIANE, U.S. Embassy in Laos -- The United States continues to support Lao PDR in the fight against malaria. On January 5, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Acting Country Representative to Lao PDR, Dr. Kevin Smith, presented 70,000 long-lasting insecticide treated nets with a total value of $133,000 USD, and entomology laboratory equipment with a total value of $27,486 USD to Vice Minister of Health Dr. Snong Thongsna at a ceremony in Vientiane. This grand total of $160,486 USD is part of the United States’ ongoing support to Lao PDR’s malaria elimination goal.

The long-lasting insecticide-treated nets, funded by USAID through the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), will be distributed to vulnerable families, mostly those with pregnant women, and communities in greatest need. Six southern provinces where malaria cases remain especially high will receive a large portion of the bednets. The entomology laboratory equipment will be used to strengthen the entomological surveillance system of the Ministry of Health’s National Malaria Control Program. This donation from the United States will help the Government of Lao PDR protect pregnant women and ensure the availability of bednets in the event of unforeseeable outbreaks.

Dr. Smith highlighted the partnership between Lao PDR and the United States in this important work. “The United States considers health assistance as a central part of the U.S.-Lao Comprehensive Partnership. We are proud to continue working with the Lao PDR Government and our public health partners through this contribution of lifesaving supplies and laboratory equipment to eliminate malaria by 2030,” said Dr. Smith.

The handover is the most recent example of U.S. support to Lao PDR in combating and eliminating malaria. Together with this donation, over the past 10 years, USAID has provided technical assistance, supplied equipment, and distributed more than 1,100,000 mosquito nets, 1,000,000 malaria diagnostic test kits, and antimalarial drugs and treatments valued at more than 5.2 million USD.

The United States’ development assistance to Lao PDR spans more than a decade. In health, USAID has supported Lao PDR to fight various infectious diseases, improve maternal and child health and nutrition, and enabled persons with disabilities to live to their full potential.

Like Us
Follow Us



Andersen hosts Security Forces Key Leader Engagement during Pacific Defender
Leaders from U.S. Air Force, Japan Air Self Defense Force, Philippine Air Force, Indonesian Air Force, German Air Force, Royal Air Force, and Republic of Singapore Air Force gather for a group photo after a Security Forces Key Leader Engagement meeting during Pacific Defender at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Jan. 30, 2024. The purpose of the KLE meeting is to enhance interpersonal relationships among attendees, and provide networking opportunities for multilateral partnerships and allies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Audree Campbell)
Feb. 7, 2024 - Pacific Defender (PAC-D) Security Forces Key Leadership Engagement (KLE) meetings are held to provide understanding between relationships within partnered nations in the pacific theater and beyond, Jan. 29 - Feb. 3, 2024...

51st FW concludes Beverly Midnight 24-1
U.S. Air Force Airman Gavyn Hinojosa, left, and Airman 1st Class Candace Yates, 731st Air Mobility Squadron passenger service representatives, assess and discuss simulated damage to infrastructure from an unexploded ordnance during Beverly Midnight 24-1 at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Jan. 30, 2024. The Airmen of the 51st Fighter Wing continuously train to maintain the high level of full-spectrum readiness required to execute the mission proficiently and effectively. BM24-1 is a routine training event that tests the military capabilities across the peninsula, allowing combined and joint training at both the operational and tactical levels. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brittany Russell)
Feb. 7, 2024 - Members assigned to Osan Air Base conclude Beverly Midnight 24-1, a combined tactical and operational training event hosted jointly by the 51st and 8th Fighter Wing, at Osan AB, Republic of Korea, from Jan. 28 - Feb 2, 2024...

Mountain Dragons improve mission readiness during rotational deployment to Korea
American Soldiers from the Fort Drum, New York-based 59th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear (CBRN) Company (Hazardous Response) participate in the Advanced Chemical Biological Course on Camp Humphreys, South Korea. A mobile training team from the Special Programs Division on Dugway Proving Ground, Utah, conducted the course. Courtesy photo.
Feb. 7, 2024 - American Soldiers from a forward deployed U.S. Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear (CBRN) company improved their technical and tactical readiness during a nine-month rotational deployment to South Korea...

AUKUS Defense Scientists Test Robotic Vehicles
Feb. 6, 2024 - Defense scientists from Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States collaboratively tested a range of robotic vehicles and their sensors during a trial at Cultana Training Area, South Australia...

U.S. Coast Guard supports joint cast and recovery training in Guam
U.S. Army Scouts stand for a photo with U.S. Coast Guard members with a U.S. Navy Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter over Apra Harbor, Guam, on Feb. 1, 2024. In a demonstration of inter-service cooperation and expertise, the crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Station Apra Harbor's 45-foot Response Boat-Medium supported an intricate cast and recovery training exercise. This vital training involved collaboration with the U.S. Army Scouts from the 3rd Squadron, 4th U.S. Cavalry Raiders of the 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT), 25th Infantry Division, and the U.S. Navy Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 - the
Feb. 6, 2024 - In a demonstration of inter-service cooperation and expertise, the crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Station Apra Harbor's 45-foot Response Boat-Medium supported an intricate cast and recovery training exercise in Apra Harbor on...