Over half a century ago, Lao PDR began its journey to become a modern nation and committed itself to long-term development ambitions. It has delivered electricity, schools, roads, and has become an important energy exporter.
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“Ending AIDS and Poverty”Your Excellencies and honored guests, ladies and gentlemen, colleagues and friends,As we look back on the history of this epidemic, it is hard to say that there is any one... Show More + moment when the tide began to turn. Because the truth is that we have been turning back the tide of AIDS, step by painful step, for 30 years.And at nearly every turn, it is the activists, and their communities, that have led the way.It was activists and communities who devised safer sex, promoted condom use, needle exchange and virtually all the behavioral prevention we use today.It was activists who transformed drug development and regulatory processes, and involved patients in clinical research, cutting drug approval times in half in the global north.It was activists in Durban in 2000 who began to push for access to antiretrovirals in the developing world and who kept pushing and are pushing still for them to be affordable and available to everyone who needs them, everywhere.And it wa Show Less -
VIENTIANE, Laos, June 18, 2011 --The World Bank and AusAid organized the Young Entrepreneurial Marketplace Competition, a contest where young Laotians could pitch their business ideas and turn these into... Show More + reality over the next year. Candidates stood a chance at winning $5,000.00 and mentorship from the Young Entrepreneurs Association of Lao PDR. 212 proposals- covering business ideas about tech, farm products, and more - were submitted.Meet the 11 teams who emerged as winners of the competition:Teaching Computer SkillsTuny Inthanongsak, Apple Inthanongsak, and Sidavanh Thammavong“Information technology (IT) is rapidly growing in Laos. We’ve been working with computers and electronics for nine years and know how IT can be used in all work and help generate income. This is why we want to set up a training center for students, teachers, and local people from Dongkhamxang Village (Vientiane) who want to gain IT skills.”Empowering Women with HIV to Make and Sell HandicraftsPhennapha Phommach Show Less -
WASHINGTON, July 8, 2010 — The World Bank today appointed internationally renowned AIDS expert Dr. David Wilson as its new Global HIV/AIDS Program Director, reaffirming its commitment to support effective... Show More + long-term prevention, care, treatment, and mitigation programs in developing countries.“David brings extraordinary knowledge and experience to this vital role, and we are very pleased that he is taking on this post at such a critical juncture,” said World Bank Managing Director Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. “With just five years left for countries to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, we must ramp up our efforts to prevent new infections, deliver life-saving AIDS drugs, and strengthen national health systems.” Wilson, a Zimbabwean national, has published widely on AIDS, developed HIV prevention programs that have been cited as international best practices by the World Health Organization, and advised numerous national governments and international agencies. Since joining the Show Less -