Environmental Health for MNCH Project, Lao PDR

Project short name: LAO-02-04
Time frame: 07/2011 - 10/2011
Country: Laos
Region: Vientiane + Provinces

Client: World Health Organization
Financing agency: World Health Organization

Project description:

WHO is working with the Lao PDR Ministry of Health under the Strategy and Planning Framework on Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health (MNCH) Services to bring the country on track to meet MDGs 4 and 5 by delivering an integrated package of services in 12 target districts -Xieng Khoung (all 8 districts), Huaphan (Edd, Sophao and Xiengkhor districts), and Salavan (Khongxedone district).

The MNCH strategy aims to increase the proportion of mothers who give birth and seek prenatal and antenatal care in health facilities. However, many health centers do not have convenient safe water, sanitation or waste management facilities. This deters patients from primary treatment and makes it difficult for staff to deliver services hygienically. The objective of the project are therefore:

To develop a training package to be delivered to district and provincial hospitals in Xieng Khoung (8 districts) and Houaphan provinces (3 districts) that will establish a foundation level of knowledge and skills on the 11 Standards outlined in the Environmental Health Standards for Health Care Settings and allow hospital staff to assess themselves against the standards and identify measures to improve facilities and practice to meet the standard over time.

Services provided by ETLog Health EnviroTech & Logistics:

  • To prepare a draft concept for an Environmental Health training based on an expected training duration of 10 training days;
  • Conduct a training needs assessment via a visit to a selection of provincial and district hospitals in Xieng Khoung and Huaphan to check if the concept is appropriate and adjust the concept based on the findings;
  • Development of training curriculum modules on each of the 11 Standards in the Environmental Health Standards for Health Care Settings in collaboration with counterpart staff at the department of Hygiene and Prevention;
  • Present the curriculum in a workshop with key MoH staff and staff from a trail hospital for feedback and refinement;
  • Incorporate change from the workshop into final draft versions of the training material;
  • Provide a supervised trial training for all trainings and refine the developed training modules based on the experience from the training.


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