Dr. Chanthala, a Lao national, is a Health Specialist for the World Bank in Lao PDR. Based in Vientiane, he oversees the Health Services Improvement Project, serves on the Community Nutrition Project task team, and does analytical health sector work.
Dr. Chanthala is actively involved in work concerning maternal and child health care, nutrition, avian and human influenza control and preparedness, result-based health financing, the health equity fund, and health information systems.
Dr. Chanthala advocates improvements in health care for disadvantaged people, reproductive and sexual health, and the rights of women and children.
Prior to joining Bank in 2007, he was the Manager of the Primary Health Care Project in Lao PDR’s northern provinces for the Danish Red Cross. Education, primary health care, and income generation in far flung locations were addressed by the project. In 2004, Dr. Chanthala managed a project from Attapeu province for Health Unlimited. The project sought to make basic health services and nutrition more accessible to vulnerable communities.
He was a surgeon at the Central Hospital of Vientiane capital. In 1986, he moved to Vientiane Province where he held the posts of surgeon, district hospital deputy director, manager for the expanded program for immunization, and coordinator for primary health care.
Dr. Chanthala received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Health Sciences in Lao PDR. In addition, he holds a Master’s Degree in Medical Education from the University of New South Wales in Australia.