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Institut Pasteur du Laos

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The Institute Pasteur in Laos is the 32nd member institute of the Institute Pasteur International Network, the first of which was set up in Vietnam in 1891. Institut Pasteur du Laos is a Lao National institution created by Prime Ministerial Decree in November 2007 and has been inaugurated on 23 January 2012.


Operations started in December 2011 with 4 laboratories:

o  1)arbovirus & emerging viral diseases

o  2) vaccine preventable and infectious diseases

o  3) medical entomology

o  4) parasitology

The aim of each lab is to carry out research on specific infectious disease agents affecting the public health of the people of Lao PDR, such as malaria, Dengue, Chikungunya, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, water and food-borne trematodes, etc. in order to provide the Ministry of Health with evidence-based results to contribute and direct National health policy.

Furthermore and most importantly, the Lao Ministry of Health has given IPL, the challenge to train and mentor a new generation of Lao doctors and scientists who in due time will replace the foreign experts.

In addition, IPL has the responsibility to provide assistance to the National Centers as National Center for Laboratory and Epidemiology (NCLE), National Center for Malariology Parasitology and Medical Entomology (CMPE) and the National Center for Animal Health (NCAH) to help them improve their diagnostic capacity and participate in outbreak investigations