Red Cross supports UXO project first aid training
Around 20 staffs from unexploded ordnance clearance project UXO Lao attended a Trauma Medic and First Aid Instructor Course that ran from May 19 to June 13 at the UXO Lao Training Center in Vientiane’s Naxaithong district.
The four-week training course received funding from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
UXO remains an enormous obstacle to Laos in social-economic development, poverty reduction and the nation achieving its Millennium Development Goals.
Despite the number of UXO casualties having decrease in recent years, from an average of around 300 per year to 41 in the past year, the contaminated bombs still continue to threaten residents, especially farmers with their larger rural holdings being higher risk areas for the bombs.
“The ICRC support for the training not only contributed to building knowledge and skills for the UXO Lao field medical staff, but also contributed to UXO clearance activities which will lead to reduction of UXO impact in the country”
UXO Lao Director Mr. Thiphasone Soukhathammavong said. ICRC Regional Delegation Deputy Head Mr. Fred Grimm presented course certificates to training attendees at the closing ceremony held on Friday.
ICRC also provided medical equipments worth US$20,000 to UXO Lao in 2010.
Lao Red Cross Vice President Assoc Prof. Singme Norath and Head of the ICRC Vientiane Project Mr. Patrick Somxaysana Vilayleck also attended the ceremony.
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Completed Trainees on Demining Team Leader Course I / 2014 at UXO Lao Training Center
Mr.Thiphasone Soukhathammavong, Director of UXO Lao led the delegation from GICHD (Geneva International Center for Humanitarian Demining) Office headed by Mr. Stefano TOSCANO Ambassador, Director of GICHD visited UXO Lao Operation in Xiengkhuang Province on 10th March, 2014
H.E. Wylbur Simussa, Minister of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Zambia, and also Chairman of the 4th State Party CCM, Visited UXO Lao Field Operation in Xiengkhouang Province on 20-21 March, 2014
Hand over ceremony for UXO Lao National Programme Director between Mr. Wanthong Khamdala, Acting UXO Lao Director and Mr. Thiphasone Soukhathammavong, New UXO Lao National Programme Director at Donchan Palace Hotel on 24 July, 2013.
- Hand over ceremony of vehicles and equipment for UXO clearance from Japan to UXO Lao
- Governor- General of New Zealand visited UXO Lao field operation in Xiengkhuang province
- Visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Australia to UXO Lao Luangprabang province
- Germany gives EUR 250,000 to support UXO Lao operations in Luangprabang province
- Japan - ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) supports UXO LAO through Japan Mine Action Service (JMAS)