Planned Parenthood

Great Northwest


LaosMap.jpgJoining with the Seattle based non-profit Health Leadership International (HLI), PPGNW’s International Program provided our expertise to address the pressing need for medical training in Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR) from 2008 through 2011. Dr. Cam McIntyre MD, who at the time was PPGNW’s Medical Director, led a medical team to provide continuing medical education courses to Laotian doctors, nurses, and rural medical assistants.

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PPGNW’s International Program was closely involved with the team, providing:

  • Medical and Women’s Healthcare Training
  • Capacity Building

One of the least developed and lowest income countries in Southeast Asia, 80% of Lao PDR is rural with little access to government services or healthcare. Our efforts assisted to create a new legacy of peace and health by building capacity in primary healthcare training and reproductive health education.

PPGNW supported printing a Lao translation of “Where Women have No Doctor” in 2008 and 2009. This book is a key resource that helps communities understand, treat, and prevent many health problems that affect women. In Laos, it defines the local training curriculum for subjects such as reproductive healthcare, medical history and physical exams, and obstetrical care. This translation enables health workers to educate, screen, diagnose, and treat patients more effectively.

In 2009 and 2011, teams of PPGNW health care providers traveled to Lao PDR with HLI staff to train hundreds of village health workers, nurses, and doctors in reproductive health, emergency medicine, infectious disease, basic ultrasound and other topics as requested by the Ministry of Health and Lao medical leaders.

Additionally, as part of a Leadership and Management training to hospital administrators, Chris Charbonneau, PPGNW’s CEO, led several leadership modules, while also gaining valuable insight in this dynamic two-way learning exchange.

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