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Members of the Fondation Mérieux Delegation including Mme Mireille Guigaz (Vice Chair of the Global Fund), Prof. David Heymann  (Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Fondation Mérieux), Dr. Francois Xavier Babin (Director of International Development, Fondation Mérieux) and Dr. Laurant Malato (Representing the Fondation Mérieux in Lao PDR) visited IP Laos on the 2nd of July 2014. Dr. Ponmek Dalaloy (Former Minister of Health of Lao PDR and Honerary Chairman of the Board of IP Laos), Dr. Paul Brey, (Director of IP Laos) and Dr. Darouny Phonekeo (Deputy Director of IP Laos) presented the research activities ongoing at IP Laos and also provided a guided tour of the research and training facilities.

Dr. Marc Grandadam (Head of the Arbovirology and Emerging Viruses lab at IP Laos) explaining the research activities of his group to Mme Mireille Guigaz, Prof. David Heyman  and Dr. Francois Xavier Babin.
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Friday 23 May 2014

The Institut Pasteur du Laos (IPL) and the Disease Prevention Institute of Military Health Department (DPIMHD), Ministry of National Defense signed a Memorandum of Understanding for research and training in the areas of infectious/parasitic disease diagnostics, vector control and biomedical research. IPL and the DPIMHD have previously engaged in training in the area of dengue virus diagnostics and serotyping, as well as vector control. The MOU will allow DPIMHD staff to carry out on-the-job training at IPL and also allow IPL staff to provide training at the Lao Army hospital laboratories and training facilities. The MOU will also allow the parties to write joint grant proposals.

The signatories were Lt. Col. Dr. Xaysaveng Phommatha, Chief of the Disease Prevention Institute, on behalf of the Lao Department of Military Health and Dr. Paul Brey, Director of IP Laos, Lao Ministry of Health. Witnesses were Col. Dr. Bounteun Bandavong Chief of the Department of Military Health and His Excellency, Dr. Ponmek Dalaloy, former Minister of Health of Lao PDR and Honorary Chairman of IP Laos. Representatives of the Cabinet and Department of Communicable Disease Control of the Ministry of Health and Members of the Lao Department of Military Health also attended the ceremony.
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TEAM BUILDING WORKSHOP VANG VIENG, LAOS

 It is well know fact that an organization is only as good as its staff! The administration of IP Laos highly values its young staff, as they will guarantee the future of Institut Pasteur of Laos. As such, we recently organized a 3-day retreat for the entire staff (Scientific, Technical, Administrative & Logistic) at the Riverside Boutique resort  in Vang Vieng City, 3 hours outside the capital. The idea was to get to know each other better, to better understand the job and responsibilities of each person and how each individual contributes to the overall success of IPL. The first day was spent giving brief exposés (all in English) on the scientific, technical and administrative work ongoing at IPL. The second day was dedicated to mixed group team building exercises that obliged the staff to work together to find solutions to complex problems. We also had sporting events, kayaking down the Nam Song River and swimming in the hotel pool.  These 3 days together brought the staff closer together help to further forge a solid IP Laos team. Funds permitting we plan to do this type of retreat on an annual basis.
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MALVEC consortium meeting, 23-24 april 2014, Vientiane Lao PDR.

Dr H. Overgaard (Institut de Recherche pour le Developpement, Kasetsart University Thailand), Dr V. Corbel (IRD, Kasetsart University Thailand), Dr P. Brey (Institut Pasteur du Laos, director), Dr S. Nambanya (National Center of Malariology, Parasitology and Entomology), Dr S. Marcombe (Institut Pasteur du Laos).

The MALVEC project “Characterization of insecticide resistance in malaria vectors in Lao People’s Democratic Republic and Thailand and capacity building in medical entomology” aims to improve strategies for prevention and control of malaria in Laos and in border areas with Thailand. The project has the following specific objectives: 1) to determine the distribution of vectors and their role in malaria transmission; 2) to determine the levels and mechanisms of resistance to conventional insecticides; 3) to determine the impact of environmental factors on the spatial distribution of vectors and selection of resistance, and 4) to build capacity in medical entomology (malaria) in Thailand and Laos. The results for year 1 of the project were presented and discussed between the partners and invited experts in malaria field.

MALVEC meeting participants, Vientiane, Lao PDR.


19 March 2014
Signing of Memorandum of Understanding between Institut Pasteur du Laos (Dr. Paul Brey, Director) and Luxembourg Development Agency (Peter Heimann, Chief Technical Advisor) for cooperative projects in the area of Vaccine Preventable Diseases. The Government of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is a major donor of the Institut Pasteur of Laos.



19 March 2014
Signing ceremony by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Lao Ministry of Health for the SATREPS project on “Development of Innovative Research Technique in Genetic Epidemiology of Malaria and Other Parasitic Diseases in Lao PDR for their Containment of their Expanding Endemnicity”. This project will be carried out for the most part at Institut Pasteur of Laos and Centre for Malariology Parasitology and Entomology for a period of 5 years. This technical assistance is important and timely given the fact that Plasmodium drug resistance may be suspected in Lao PDR and the region and could impact the world malaria situation. Dr. Shigeyuki Kano and his team from National Center for Global Health and Medicine (NCGM), Tokyo are working at the forefront of this subject, will establish a lab within Institut Pasteur of Laos. Furthermore, NCGM and Institut Pasteur of Laos have composed a team of experts to address the subject of Malaria drug resistance, but also on the study of other parasitic diseases, such as Schistosomiasis and Opistorchiasis, which also plague Lao PDR.


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