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Health of girls gets support from Korea

Lao girls and young women will be able to take advantage of the Girls Integrated Health Care Programme provided by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).

At present, the health authority has admitted that girls' health remains an area for improvement with positive benefits for themselves, their families and future offspring.

The programme under the training sees integrated health care and strengthening the empowerment of girl's health in Laos project, the health official said.

Acting President of the University of Health Sciences (UHS), Associate Professor Dr Phouthone Vangkonevilay spoke to Vientiane Times yesterday at the training for girl's integrated health care specialists in Laos.

He said the project was implemented by the Ewha-UHS Girls Integrated Health Care Centre under the UHS and the Ewha Womans University of Korea (EWUK).

The project will support government health policy for strengthening girls' health empowerment through peer group activities which educate them to solve the problems by themselves, he said. During the meeting, participants reported progress of their activities and shared the plans to conduct field surveys to survey girls' health status, he added.

The project is set to see the development of Girls Integrated Health Care Specialist and Leaders along with curriculum and training material for lower and upper secondary students.

He explained that under the project, the project would organise the training for the Girls Integrated Health Care Specialists.

Trained leaders will be able to pass on information on this issue to lower and upper secondary students and answer any questions they may have.

They will develop and conduct specialised peer-based activity programme for girls' groups to strengthen integrated health empowerment.

EWUK representative Dr Kyungock Yi said the two universities had sought to develop a prevention and management system for non-communicable disease in Laos, conducting research and educating on integrated health care in clinics, provincial's hospitals and district levels.

She said the partnership had reunited for the benefit of Lao girls health, with the project set to proceed for three years from this year.

"We will do our best to develop integrated convergence textbooks and diverse programmes for the health of Lao girls," she said.

According to the University, the programme will run from March 2017 to December 2019 and is conducted with funding provided by KOICA.

Under the project, the "Ewha-UHS Girls Integrated Health Care Center" (EUGIHCC) establishes a collaborative research centre for girls health project between Ewha Womans U niversity and UHS. Since 2015, two universities cooperated on non-communicable disease prevent in the communities in Vientiane.

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