LMI Monthly News Feed – November 2013

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Health Systems Strengthening through Clinical Capacity Building

In Rayong, Thailand, CAP-TB has a unique chance to take “health systems strengthening” to the next level.  Unlike some high TB burden countries, Thailand has the capacity to diagnose and treat TB and MDR-TB, largely using the country’s own resources.  So here in Thailand, we ask: How can these resources become even more effective?  A…

Tackling Malaria and Other Transboundary Challenges in the Lower Mekong through Regional Cooperation

By Greg Beck, Deputy Assistant Administrator, AsiaMore than 60 million people live in the lower Mekong River basin, a region of the world currently struggling with drug-resistant malaria. While the introduction of artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACTs) for treatment of malaria has helped to greatly reduce its prevalence over the past decade, a high percentage of malaria cases are…

Remarks at CSIS Mekong Health Event

By Daniel R. Russel, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific AffairsThank you CSIS, Dr. Stephen Morrison and Murray Heibert, for inviting me to be here today.  It’s great to be here among so many colleagues who share my belief in the importance of Southeast Asia, and the development in the Mekong sub-region in particular.I…

NEWS: Lower Mekong Officials Meet to Support ASEAN Integration and Regional Cooperation

PHNOM PENH - Senior officials of the Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) gathered for a two-day meeting in Siem Reap on 6-7 November 2013 for the 5th Lower Mekong Initiative Regional Working Group Meeting and an informal discussion on the Friends of the Lower Mekong (FLM).   Delegates deliberated on the outcomes of the last LMI Ministerial…

Lower Mekong Initiative Fifth Regional Working Group Meeting Co-chairs’ Statement

The Royal Government of Cambodia hosted over 90 delegates from Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, Viet Nam, and the United States in Siem Reap on November 6-7, 2013 for the 5th Lower Mekong Initiative Regional Working Group Meeting.  The Lower Mekong Initiative is a multinational forum for addressing trans-boundary policy and development challenges in the pillar…

Annual Operational Plan workshop in Ratanakiri Province, Cambodia

The Cambodian National Malaria Control Program, Provincial-Districts teams, and stakeholders organized a workshop, November 07, 2013, in Ratanakiri province drafting a comprehensive annual operational plan (AOP-2014).  Thirty-three participants from National Malaria Control Program and Provincial Health Departments, operational districts,hospital andselected health centers of Ratanakiri, Mondulkiri and SteungTrengwere invited and actively participated in the workshop.  In…

NEWS: Lower Mekong Initiative Group Meets in Cambodia

Action programmes to deploy the U.S.’s 50 million USD support package pledged to Lower Mekong countries was discussed at the fifth meeting of the Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) Regional Working Group in Cambodia on November 6-7. Addressing the meeting, US Ambassador to ASEAN David Carden stressed that the Mekong River is a valuable natural resource for…

NEWS: The 5th Lower Mekong Initiative Regional Working Group Meeting

The 5th Lower Mekong Initiative Regional Working Group Meeting has opened in Siem Reap to define implementation steps following the U.S. commitment of 50 million dollars of infrastructure and food security aids to the region. Five Lower Mekong countries including Vietnam will benefit from the 2-year program.  Speaking at the event, U.S. Ambassador David Carden hailed…

Cambodia Hosts Lower Mekong Initiative Meeting to Build Sustainable Regional Cooperation

The Royal Government of Cambodia hosted over 80 delegates from Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, and the United States in Siem Reap on November 6-7, 2013 for the 5th Lower Mekong Initiative Regional Working Group Meeting.  Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the foreign ministers of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand, and Viet Nam…

LMI Monthly News Feed – October 2013

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Integrating the ASEAN Healthcare Sector through Increased Medical Devices Harmonization

The harmonization of medical devices across the region is vital to having an integrated healthcare sector, which remains a priority as ASEAN moves towards an ASEAN Economic Community in 2015.  To boost the capacity of medical device regulators and medical device industry, more than 190 participants took part in two trainings on Medical Device Harmonization…