On August 31, the U.S. Embassy and U.S. Defense Institute for Medical Operations (DIMO), in cooperation with the Ministry of National Defense and Ministry of Public Health will open a five-day workshop on Infection Control in Ebola. Michael Kleine, Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy and Dr. Nao Bouttha, Chief of Cabinet, Ministry of Public Health will attend the opening ceremony in Vientiane.
During the workshop, Lao PDR medical personnel will discuss topics such as diagnostic services, vaccines, medical team preparedness and outbreak response, using scenarios to develop courses of action. Workshop attendees include civilian and military personnel from the Ministry of National Defense and Ministry of Public Health. The workshop will run from 31 August to 4 September 2015, in Vientiane. The ultimate goal of the Infection Control course is to improve Laos’ capability to prevent a disease outbreak or respond quickly and effectively if an outbreak occurs.
This Infection Control in Ebola course is part of the continuing partnership between the U.S. Embassy, the U.S. Pacific Command, and the government of Lao PDR to strengthen national capabilities for infectious disease outbreak prevention and response through education and training.