NEWS: Vietnam Attends Lower Mekong Meetings

A Vietnamese delegation led by Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh attended the Ministerial Meeting of the Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) and the Friends of the Lower Mekong (FLM) Ministerial Meeting in Brunei on July 1.Under the theme “Opportunities and Challenges on Connectivity and Environment”, the LMI meeting discussed challenges to regional development and proposals for…

Press Release: Third Friends of the Lower Mekong (FLM) Ministerial Meeting

On July 1, the Third Friends of the Lower Mekong (FLM) Ministerial Meeting was held in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam from 7:00 p.m. for approximately one hour.  From Japan, Mr. Fumio Kishida, Minister for Foreign Affairs, attended the meeting.   An overview of the meeting is as follows.After the meeting, a Joint Ministerial Statement was…

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GREEN Mekong Piques ASEAN Interest at Annual Social Forestry Event

The USAID-supported Grassroots Equity and Enhanced Networks in the Mekong (GREEN Mekong) Program participated in the 4th ASEAN Social Forestry Network (ASFN) Annual Conference “Village Forests, REDD+, Conservation and Livelihoods” on June 17-19 in Luang Prabang, Lao PDR.  Presenting to over 150 representatives in attendance from grassroots communities, national governments, civil society organizations and the…

SERVIR Mekong Request for Information Released

The Regional Environment Office has just released a Request for Information (RFI) to inform planning of a new activity, SERVIR Mekong.  SERVIR is a global program supported by USAID and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).  The goal of SERVIR is to enhance climate adaptation and landscape management through the increased application of geospatial analysis.  SERVIR helps build the capacity…

Cross-Border Malaria Collaboration in Lower Mekong Countries

Participants in the Ranong-Kawthaung Joint Surveillance Rapid Response Team (SRRT) workshop worked together on mapping exercises of surveillance and rapid responses in the twin-city counterparts, as well as the mode for cross-border communication.  The joint workshop is aligned with the Trilateral Agreement (Ministry of Health (Myanmar), Thailand International Development Agency (TICA), and USAID) effort to promote collaboration…

Prevention and Control of Avian Influenza A (H7N9) the Focus of Multi-Country Dialogue in Bangkok

Bangkok, 26 June 2013 - China's H7N9 avian flu outbreak and its implications for ASEAN and SAARC countries were the focus of a two day meeting in Bangkok, Thailand from 24-25 June, 2013. High-level representatives from Ministries of Health and Ministries of Agriculture from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand and Viet Nam met…

Intensified Fake Medicine Surveillance in the Mekong

As part of its efforts to address quality problems with antimalarial medicines in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS), the Promoting the Quality of Medicines, implemented by the United States Pharmacopeia Convention, and its local partners have intensified their retail outlet surveillance activities in areas of suspicion of selling illegal, unregistered, and fake medicines as well…

Upgraded LMI Website Launched!

Welcome to the Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) upgraded website! The upgraded website is designed to serve as LMI's knowledge management center in order to help address complex, transnational development, and policy challenges in the Lower Mekong sub-region. The LMI website along with its Twitter and Facebook sites feature the latest developments under LMI including news,…

The President’s Malaria Initiative – Mekong Cross-Border Activities in Chantaburi, Thailand

Cambodia: Twin-Cities cross-border collaboration meetings for malaria control and prevention are organized on a quarterly basis.  On June 7, 2013, the Pailin, Cambodia Provincial Health Department hosted the gathering with the Chantaburi, Thailand Provincial Health Office.  The participants shared information and developed a common work plan with achievable interventions along the border.  Thai officials from Trat province and…

The President’s Malaria Initiative – Mekong Cross-Border Activities in Bokpyin Township, Myanmar

In Myanmar’s border-zone hotspots, one of CAP-Malaria’s activities combines raising malaria awareness with bed net distribution, to ensure better net usage.  The picture below shows the January net distribution activity in Bokpyin Township, in the Tanintharyi Region.  The intended audiences were given the long lasting insecticide treated bed nets with messaging on how the disease is transmitted…

The President’s Malaria Initiative – Mekong Cross-Border Activities in Ranong Province, Thailand

Thailand and Burmese public health personnel are collaborating in the border provinces to provide innovative malaria services to migrant and cross-border community, which contribute to more than 50% of malaria case burden in Thailand. The photo below shows the CAP-Malaria project, in coordination with the Ranong, Thailand Provincial Health Office, providing training on malaria diagnosis…