Public Health Sciences Bulletin
  • Proceeding of the 5th National Health Research Forum (5th NHRF)

    Proceeding of the 5th National Health Research Forum (5th NHRF) Survey on Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices relating to Gender, Sexuality and Reproductive Health of the population of Savannakhet province Improve public health services to cover everywhere with quality Transition in the East Alliance (TEA) Baseline Survey in Nong District, Savannakhet…

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  • Assessment of salt intake, sources of salt and consumer knowledge and behavior related to salt in sub-samples of the population of Vientiane capital city, Lao People’s Democratic Republic

    Assessment of salt intake, sources of salt and consumer knowledge and behavior related to salt in sub-samples of the population of Vientiane capital city, Lao People’s Democratic Republic Alcohol Consumption Behaviour and the Effects to Individual Use in three provinces namely Vientiane Capital, Luangprabang and Champasack provinces, Lao PDR, 2012…

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  • The Research Institute for Humanity and Nature EcoHealth Project summary

    The Research Institute for Humanity and Nature Eco-Health Project summary Eco-health Emerging Infectious Diseases (Eco EID) Prevention of micronutrient deficiencies in South East Asia “SMILING” Efficacy and safety of mefloquine, artesunate, mefloquine-artesunate, tribendimidine, and praziquantel in patients with Opisthorchis viverrini: a randomised, exploratory, open-label, phase 2 trial Medical and Non-medical…

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  • What’s EBOLA?

    Improve Maternal Health: Key Determinants Affecting Maternal Mortality in Lao PDR Helminth infection in south of Laos: High rate infection and poor awareness Lao Social Indicator Survey (LSIS) 2011-2012 What’s EBOLA? The road accident Food security status and its determinants in the Nam Ngum River Basin, Laos Nutrition status of…

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  • Food Consumption Survey, Lao PDR

    Food Consumption Survey, Lao PDR: Development of Survey Tools and the Implementation of Pilot Survey Implementation of International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes in Lao PDR Factors associated with Adherence to tuberculosis treatment under directly observed treatment (DOTS) among tuberculosis patients in Vinetiane Capital Factors Associated with Overweight Amongst…

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Annual Report

Annual Report 2017

Our vision is to achieve significant improvements of people’s health and health system through excellence in research and training

 Strategic objectives

  • To improve the people health status through a better understanding of public health and disease priorities in the country;
  • To create national leadership in research by providing a short-term and long-term training for health institutions in Lao PDR at all levels as needed;
  • To serve the research findings to Ministry of Health (MoH) for policy making in order to improve the health system in the country;
  • To collaborate with internal and external institutions for strengthening research and education capacity


In 2017, the government supported to the National Institute of Public Health through Ministry of health in the amount of with administration cost, cost for short term training and research in total of 17% and Research Grants from outside is 83%.

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Food Consumption survey- 2016 report



The research team would like to express a sincere gratitude and special thanks to the Director
General, Dr. Sengchan Khounnavong and the Deputy Director, Dr Latsamy Siengsounthone
of the Lao Tropical and Public Health Institute (Former National Institute of Public Health)
for their full support to this survey, and to all the individuals who contributed to the
development of this report through a collaborative and participation approacheswith a high
degree of interest and commitment throughout the process.
We are also grateful for technical support from Institute of Nutrion Mahidol University,
Thailand by Dr Wanphen Wimonpeerapattana and her team. And also grateful for facility
support from Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and World
Health Organization (WHO)

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Knowlegde Translation Strategy Book

1.1 Background
Knowledge translation (KT) is defined by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) as
“a dynamic and iterative process that includes synthesis, dissemination, exchange and ethicallysound application of knowledge to improve public health, provide more effective health services
and products and strengthen the health care system.” (CIHR, 2010). In other words, it is a
process to improve public health by guiding relevant stakeholders with the use and
communication of research. Different tools exist to facilitate KT one of the tools being a KT
strategy. KT strategies often focus on the dissemination and implementation of existing
knowledge according to well evaluated steps.
This KT strategy is formulated based on three major events in combination with weekly
meetings between staff of the Lao Tropical and Public health Institute (Lao TPHI) and the
Medical Committee Netherlands – Vietnam (MCNV). A questionnaire was distributed amongst
Lao TPHI staff in September to identify the current status, barriers, past efforts and possible
solutions concerning KT in Lao TPHI. Based on the information of the questionnaire a draft
version of the KT strategy was constructed and presented to Lao TPHI staff for input in October,
2017. During this meeting activities were evaluated one by one and the KT strategy was changed
based on these inputs. Additionally, a consultative dialogue took place during the eleventh
National Health Research Forum (NHRF) in Vientiane on Knowledge Translation, with
panellists from Lao TPHI, VU University Amsterdam, University of Health Science Vientiane
and University of Basel, the results of which has further contributed to guide this document.
1.2 Knowledge translation context
In May 2005 NIOPH produced a report ‘Knowledge Transfer and Exchange Practices in the
Context of Lao PDR’, which explains the KT situation in Lao PDR. Here, some policy makers
were interviewed and questionnaires were self-administered by researchers and health care
providers. Both the in-depth interviews and questionnaires contained questions related to KT. It
was identified that all groups supported the use of health research as an input for the decision
making process, however a significant barrier was found to be the provision of and access to
information. Moreover, research institutions were not able to make their research accessible
through communication tools such as websites or newsletters, policy makers and health care
providers were not able to access information. Another finding was that workshops and seminars
held by research institutions were scarce. Based on these findings a few recommendations were
1) The government should invest more on research and KT activities to improve access and
provision of information;
2) Documents such as articles, reports and syntheses should be for free upon request,
3) More training should be provided on KT for all relevant stakeholders, with the provision
of incentives to engage in KT activities; and
4) Recommendations resulting from research should include public values and expectations.

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