Women’s Health Project
(WHP)

OVERVIEW

The overall goal of the proposed collaboration is for PSI/Laos to contribute to reducing the maternal mortality rate (MMR) and increase in the accessibility of contraceptives, which is in line with the national goals outlined in the Lao PDR National Reproductive Health Policy and the Strategy and Planning Framework for the Integrated Package of Maternal Neonatal and Child Health Services 2016-2025. PSI/Laos will work with the Ministry of Health (MoH), Mother and Child Health Centre, OBGY association, UNFPA, WHO and the Provincial Health Department to expand the availability of safe abortions (SA), post-abortion care (PAC), and long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) across the public sector. This will also include health education, counselling, treatment, and referrals for cases needing emergency care in line with WHO guidelines.

PSI/Laos  will continue its support to increase the accessibility of contraceptives and PAC service delivery in public facilities. PSI/Laos will withdraw support once getting the authorization from the government in a manner that will create long-term sustainability. PSI/Laos will gradually scale down support of 10 current focus provinces and carry out intensive technical assistance to build public sector capacity. This includes increasing capacity for LARC service delivery, providing regular technical supportive supervision, quality assurance audits, and monitoring. In addition, PSI/Laos will support training providers on Health Care Ethics (HEC), especially the prevention of unsafe abortion, to key staff at the central level and the supervision of safe abortions services such as misoprostol and manual vacuum aspiration (MVA) services delivery for public providers. PSI/Laos will also support all concepts from relevant partners to advocate the expandable training and services of Medical Abortion  at the appropriate health centers and the private sector including abortion-related communication activities.

At the same time, PSI/Laos will increase knowledge and use of reproductive health services among women of reproductive age. This will be achieved through a range of communication activities such as small group health talks and various forms of media communication.

VISION

Transitioning safe abortion activities to the government through accelerating capacity-building efforts and advocating to expand access to safe abortion services and products in the public and private health sectors.

MISSION

  • Build capacity in the public sector/support service integration and identify ways to increase domestic resources
  • Ensure sustainability, especially in the private sector
  • Identify approaches to bring care closer to women, including medicated abortion self-care

TARGET

Women of reproductive age in all 18 provinces of Lao PDR

HOW WE
WORK

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DEVELOPMENT

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THE FOUR PILLARS OF OUR WORK IN
WOMEN'S HEALTH PROJECT

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Our
Impact

Here are some milestones we've achieved in the fight against malaria:

2011-2020: Strengthened the comprehensive family planning by training, regular supportive supervision, Providers Behavior Communication Change (PBCC) and quality assessment in 14 provinces (190 facilities including central, provincial, district hospitals and health centers) and 41 private clinics.

2013-2020: PSI/Laos created a price structure for Ace Misoprostol that balances affordable pricing for consumers and cost recovery targets to enable long-term sustainability and its current distribution network

2016: Developed and disseminated the national safe abortion guideline to 157 trained facilities

2017-2018: Strengthened the post abortion care and health care ethic in 10 provinces (99 facilities including central, provincial and district hospitals)

2017-2020: Supported provision of MVA kits to trained facilities for safe abortion and post abortion care

2018-2019: Imported Mifepristone 50,000 tablets and donated to the government in line with safe abortion training and provision the safe abortion services

2019: Integrated a sustainable shift to government ownership of Interpersonal Communication activities

2019-2020: Strengthened the comprehensive safe abortion care and health care ethic by training, regular supportive supervision, PBCC and quality assessment to 18 provinces (157 facilities including central, provincial and district hospitals).

OUR SOLUTIONS

We support national governments to implement the most efficient vector control strategy for their population to reach universal preventative coverage against malaria. We primarily support vector control activities related to increasing efficient coverage and proper use of insecticide-treated nets (ITNs). We use data and research to routinely analyze and improve our delivery of ITN interventions.

We support national governments to implement the most efficient vector control strategy for their population to reach universal preventative coverage against malaria. We primarily support vector control activities related to increasing efficient coverage and proper use of insecticide-treated nets (ITNs). We use data and research to routinely analyze and improve our delivery of ITN interventions.

OUR
EXPERTS

SAYSANA
PHANALASY

RESEARCH M&E
& WHP PROJECT DIRECTOR

PSI LAOS

Chanhvilayphone
Vixaysomboun

WOMEN'S HEALTH
PROJECT COORDINATOR

PSI LAOS

PHETDALINH
PHAMISITH

REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH
SUPERVISOR

PSI LAOS

DALAVIENG
SOMSY

MEDICAL OUTREACH
OFFICER

PSI LAOS

PEEYANOUT
THAMMAVONGSA

MEDICAL OUTREACH
OFFICER

PSI LAOS

VILADA
WANGVAN
THANOVIENG

MEDICAL OUTREACH
OFFICER

PSI LAOS

SOUKSOPHA
BANMANIVONG

MEDICAL OUTREACH
OFFICER

PSI LAOS

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