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Burnet Institute (Macfarlane Burnet Institute for Medical Research and Public Health)

Mission Statement

The Centre for International Health of the Macfarlane Burnet Institute for Medical Research and Public Health (Burnet Institute) is committed to improving the health of communities in developing nations and among Aboriginal Australians through strengthening primary health care and the control of communicable diseases. The Unit focuses on the development and delivery of effective responses to the identified needs of those communities and nations.

Programme Description

The Burnet Institute is a non-profit, non-governmental organization (NGO), with offices in the Lao PDR, Papua New Guinea (PNG), Myanmar, Tibet (China), and a head office in Melbourne, Australia. The Institute consists of both medical research laboratories and public health programs.  The Burnet Institute is comprised of four centres: the Centre for Virology, the Centre for Immunology, the Centre for International Health, and the Centre for Population Health. Together, these constitute Australia's largest communicable disease research institute, investigating some of today's most serious health issues, including HIV, hepatitis and measles. The Burnet Institute’s vision is a world in which medical research and public health action are closely linked, resulting in a substantial reduction in the impact of infectious diseases both in Australia and throughout the world.

The Burnet Institute is committed to improving the health of communities in developing countries. We aim to do this by strengthening primary health care and the control of communicable diseases. Our international public health program focuses on the development and delivery of effective responses to the identified health needs of the communities and countries in which we work. We also aim to influence international health policies and initiatives that affect the developing world.  Burnet believes in the importance of partnership. Across the world we work in close collaboration with a range of stakeholders, including government agencies, universities, public hospitals, non-governmental organisations, and local communities.

The Burnet Institute has been working in Laos since 1996, when the Institute was engaged to assist the then National Committee for the Control of AIDS (NCCA) to develop the Lao PDR HIV/AIDS and STD Plan 1997-2002, in close collaboration with the Ministry of Health and UNAIDS. The Burnet Institute office in Lao PDR was then established in 1998. At that time, the Institute began work with the Lao Youth Union to develop strategies for addressing the health needs of young people. Since those early days, the work of the Burnet Institute in Lao PDR has continued to grow. The Institute’s focus has been the health needs of communities, and especially young people. Key areas of intervention have included sexual health and HIV, maternal and child health, nutrition, and drug use.

Our work includes the direct implementation of projects, as well as short term consultancies to assist others with program design, evaluation, or specific aspects of health program implementation. The Burnet Institute in Laos also has a strong focus on research (both quantitative and qualitative), and considerable experience designing and conducting public health related research initiatives.

Burnet Laos has its principle office in Vientiane, where the majority of its staff and resources are based. Currently our primary program is maternal and child health and nutrition, based in Vilabouly District, Savannakhet. Our network of Government partners includes strong contacts in Savannakhet, Bokeo, Luang Namtha and Sayabouly provinces, in all of which areas we have current or recently completed projects.

Our focus is conducting health research and monitoring projects for donors and iNGO partners, and building capacity with government, university and civil society partners in Lao PDR.  We have experise in maternal and child health, nutrition, sexual and reproductive health, gender studies, and harm reduction programs for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.  We have worked with special populations including remote, ethnic community health issues, youth, men who have sex with men, bisexual men, female sex workers, military, and drug using communities.

 

In Australia, the Burnet Institute is fully accredited as an NGO by the Australian Government. The Laos program has an Operating Permit from the Government of Lao PDR.

 


Contact Details

Address: Vientiane, Lao PDR
Telephone: N/A
Fax: N/A
Email: julie.tartaggia@burnet.edu.au
Website: www.burnet.edu.au
Contact Person: ,
Other Contact: Julie Tartaggia, Interim Program Manager for Laos (based in Austral

General Information

Number of Local Staff: 6->10
Number of Expatriate Staff: 1->5
Average Annual Budget: 0 USD
In Lao PDR Since: 1998
Country of Origin: Australia

Branches

There are no branches specified

Networks

There are no networks specified

Partners

Deapartment of Health of Vilabouly District
District Committee for the Control of AIDS (DCCA)
District Education Offices
District Health Offices
District Lao Youth Union offices (District LYU)
District-level authorities
Lakxao Project Task Group
Lao Youth Union (LYU)
Ministry of Communication, Transport, Post and Construction (MCTPC)
National Committee for the Control of AIDS (NCCA)
National Committee for the Control of AIDS (NCCA)
National Committee for the Control of AIDS (NCCA)
Provincial Health Departments
Provincial Lao Youth Union offices (Provincial LYU)
Provincial Lao Youth Union offices (Provincial LYU)
Provincial Lao Youth Union offices (Provincial LYU)


Projects and Sector of Activities

Title Description Provinces/Districts Sectors/Sub-sectors
A behaviour change interventions strategy for male clients of service women in Lao PDR

Start Date: May 15th 2005
The goal of the project is to promote the adoption of safe sexual behavior by men who exchange money for sex with women. The specific objectives ...
Champasack
Vientiane Municipality
- Health Care
HIV prevention among MSM under the program of Scaling up HIV and AIDS prevention, care and treatment in Lao PDR

Start Date: Nov 25th 2009
The overal goal of the project is to contribute to reduction of HIV transmission among men who have sex with men. The specific objective is to ...
Bolikhamxay
Vientiane Municipality
Xayaboury
Xiengkhouang
- Health Care
HIV Prevention and Infrastructure: Mitigating Risk in the Greater Mekong Region. Subproject 1-Lao Northern Economic Corridor

Start Date: Mar 11th 2009
The goal of this project is to mitigate HIV related vulnerabilities along the completed Route 3 that is 220Km of road that runs through the northern ...
Bokeo
Luang Namtha
- Health Care
HIV Prevention and Infrastructure: Pre-construction HIV prevention on Northern GMS transport network

Start Date: Jun 1st 2011
The Greater Mekong Sub-Region (GMS) Northeastern Economic Corridor aims to improve transport connections between Vietnam, Laos and Thailand, thereby ...
- Health Care - Human Resources Development
Improving Women and Children's Health in Underserved Areas of Vilabouly District, Savannakhet

Start Date: Jul 1st 2011
With a long term goal of improving the health and nutrition status of women and their children in the area, the project specifically aims ...
- Health Care - Human Resources Development
Lao Youth HIV/AIDS/STI Response Project

Start Date: Jun 1st 1998
Major Project Development Objectives:1. To support the effective implementation of the Lao Poeple`s Revolutionary Youth Union`s national HIV/AIDS/STI ...
Bolikhamxay
Vientiane Municipality
Vientiane
Xayaboury
- Health Care - Human Resources Development
Lao Youth Military and Police HIV/AIDS Reponse Project

Start Date: Jan 1st 2002
The major development objectives are: 1. To enhance the capacity of the military and police to respond to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. 2. To increase ...
Bolikhamxay
Champasack
Khammouane
Savannakhet
Vientiane Municipality
Vientiane
Xayaboury
- Data Collection & Analysis - Health Care
Mapping sexual and social networks of men who have sex with both men and women in Laos

Start Date: Sep 1st 2009
The objectives of the project are: To map the social and sexual networks of men who have sex with men and women in Vientiane To model the risk of ...
Vientiane Municipality
- Data Collection & Analysis
Mother and Child Health (MCH) in Vilabouly District

Start Date: Dec 21st 2009
Project Goal: Working in co-operation with Oxiana/LXML and the Deaprtment of Health of Vilabouly District to improve the health status of women ...
Savannakhet
- Health Care - Human Resources Development
National Road Eight HIV Prevention Program

Start Date: Jul 1st 2003
The specific program objectives are: 1. To build resilience to the HIV epidemic and related development challenges amongst communities and mobile ...
Bolikhamxay
- Data Collection & Analysis - Health Care
Public health research studies

Start Date: Jan 1st 2008
Various public health research studies, including: -Mother and child health and nutrition baseline and endline studies -Review of Phu Bia's ...
- Data Collection & Analysis
Qualitative Evaluation: Community Events Based Surveillance Pilot Project

Start Date: Mar 1st 2009
The Burnet Institute was contracted by WHO and CARE to conduct a qualitative evaluation of the Community Events Based Surveillance (CEBS) pilot ...
Khammouane
Vientiane Municipality
Vientiane
Xayaboury
- Data Collection & Analysis
Qualitative Survey of Community Based Health Insurance (CBHI) in Vietiane Province

Start Date: Mar 1st 2008
Lux Dev is interested in understanding why the CBHI coverage remains so low after 2-year implementation i.e. why these people leave the scheme, ...
Vientiane
- Data Collection & Analysis
Regional Amphetamine Type Substance (ATS) use: building research capacity to inform public health interventions

Start Date: Sep 1st 2006
The project will develop a research network to enhance the regional and cross-border linkages between organisations engaged in reducing the ...
Vientiane Municipality
- Data Collection & Analysis - Human Resources Development
Safer mines: HIV intervention for LanXang Minerales Limited and Vilabouly communities

Start Date: Sep 1st 2006
Goal: To enhance the ability of the LXML employees and the young people in the surrounding communities ofVilabouly district to respond to the ...
Savannakhet
- Data Collection & Analysis - Health Care - Human Resources Development
Sayabouly Youth HIV & STI Response Project

Start Date: Aug 1st 2006
Project Goal: To reduce the spread and impact of HIV and other STIs among youth in selected districts of Sayabouli province. Project objectives: 1. ...
Xayaboury
- Health Care - Human Resources Development - Income Generation & Economic Development
Vientiane Province Youth HIV & STI Response Project

Start Date: Aug 1st 2006
Project Goal: To reduce the spread and impact of HIV and other STIs among youth in selected districts of Vientiane province. Project objectives: 1. ...
Vientiane
- Health Care - Human Resources Development
Working Women`s HIV/AIDS/STI Response Project

Start Date: Nov 1st 2003
Project Objectives: To strengthen the capacity of Lao Youth Union (LYU) staff at provincial and district levels in HIV/AIDS/STI response; To ...
Vientiane
- Health Care - Human Resources Development
Young Female Peer Education Project

Start Date: Sep 1st 2008
The goal of this project is to contribute to the improvement of the sexual and reproductive health status of young women in Vientiane.   The ...
Vientiane Municipality
- Health Care
Young Male Peer Education Project

Start Date: Jun 30th 2005
Goal: to promote the adoption of safe sexual behaviour and increase the uptake of STI treatment services by young men in Vientiane Capital who engage ...
Vientiane Municipality
- Health Care