PIVI’s Work with Laos
Laos is a PIVI success story. Laos was the first country to receive PIVI support, in the early days of PIVI’s formation. Laos received 350,000 vaccines through initial collaboration between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization Country Office in Laos, UPS, and Walgreens.
PIVI was formally launched in Laos in 2013, and since that time the country of Laos has done the important and critical work to create a sustainable country influenza program. Most recently, Laos finished a cost effectiveness study, which PIVI supported through technical assistance, to strengthen the case to Ministries of Health and Finances as to the positive impact of having a seasonal influenza program.
Laos is integrating flu into their nationally funded vaccine program through the Ministry of Health. PIVI works with the National Center for Laboratory and Epidemiology (NCLE) with the support of the Lao Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) and local office of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
You can learn more about PIVI’s work with Laos by watching this video.